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Democrat Says He'll Work With GOP on Medicaid Deal

Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 --- 10:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach says he will be talking with Republican lawmakers about accepting a federally funded Medicaid expansion that ends after a certain period of time.

Erpenbach discussed the possible deal Tuesday at a health care conference.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed rejecting the Medicaid expansion in his state budget, which is subject to approval by the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Erpenbach says he knows of Republicans in the state Senate who have a difficult time with Walker's plan, which would result in turning away an estimated $4.4 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid for 175,000 adults.

Erpenbach and other Democratic lawmakers on a panel at the conference criticized Walker's plan and say it is motivated by politics, not what makes sense for the state.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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