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UPDATE: Sebelius calls on Walker to accept federal funds

UPDATED Friday, November 15, 2013 --- 7:38 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she hopes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will change his mind and agree to accept $10 billion in federal funds to help expand Medicaid.

Sebelius visited a Milwaukee clinic Friday. She talked to people who already signed up for health care through the online federal exchanges or were actively in the process.

Afterward, she told reporters Walker should accept the federal funds, which would come into the state over the next 10 years. She says the money would pay for uncompensated costs that are currently being absorbed by taxpayers and community hospitals.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says it's hard to believe the government's promise on providing funding when it can't even manage to run its health care website properly.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Friday, November 15, 2013 --- 4:16 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to visit a Milwaukee clinic to talk about the online federal exchanges.

Sebelius is set to visit the Progressive Community Health Centers clinic Friday afternoon. She's expected to meet with people planning to enroll in Wisconsin's health insurance exchange.

She's also expected to address Wisconsin's disappointing enrollment numbers in the month since the trouble-plagued federal website was launched. Even though 700,000 Wisconsin residents were expected to shop for coverage through the exchange, only 877 managed to select a plan as of Nov. 2.

Sebelius has said she takes full responsibility for making sure the website gets fixed right away.

Her visit is part of a brief Midwest swing. A few hours before her Wisconsin visit she'll be stopping in Detroit.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 10:02 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to be in Milwaukee this week, where she'll visit a clinic and talk about the online federal exchanges.

The agency says Sebelius will meet Friday afternoon with local consumers planning to enroll in Wisconsin's health insurance exchange. She'll also highlight ways that Wisconsin residents can learn about the online marketplace.

Her visit comes the same week the federal government announced disappointing enrollment numbers in the month since the problem-plagued website was launched. Even though 700,000 Wisconsin residents were expected to shop for coverage through the exchange, only 877 managed to get all the way through and select a plan as of Nov. 2.

Sebelius is scheduled to visit the Progressive Community Health Centers clinic at 1 p.m.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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