Gov. Evers meets with GOP caucus

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Governor Tony Evers is hoping to expand medicaid coverage.

Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes met with Republicans in the assembly and senate to discuss several budget items, including Medicaid behind closed doors on Tuesday.

Republicans call Evers' request a "nonstarter" but Evers wants to accept the Federal Medicaid Expansion because of what it means to health care providers across the state.

"The success of those small town hospitals and clinics depend on access to greater resources may change their mind, so we will take it to the people of Wisconsin in a respectful way," Evers said.

According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, accepting the money would save the state about $180 million per year. It would also add about 75,000 people to the Medicaid program.

"My preference is we work off of Gov. Evers' budget, but make sure there are huge parts of it that we fundamentally agree with, it's going to make it a lot harder," Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said.