Burke says Walker should have taken Medicaid money

Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 2:23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke says the state should provide Medicaid coverage to people who earn up to 138 percent of poverty, contrary to Gov. Scott Walker's approach as the federal health care law takes effect.

Burke launched her run for governor last week. No other Democrat has announced.

Burke has steered clear of talking in much detail about her campaign platform so far. But in a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press, she said Walker was wrong not to accept the federal money to pay for state Medicaid coverage for people earning up to 138 percent of poverty.

Instead, Walker lowered BadgerCare Medicaid eligibility from 200 percent to 100 percent of poverty. The move is expected to result in about 92,000 people losing BadgerCare coverage in January.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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