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Gov. Walker not buying idea that counties can get own Obamacare funding

Gov. Scott Walker
Gov. Scott Walker

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker is not buying the idea that Wisconsin counties can get their own increases in federal Medicaid funds under the Obama health care law.

In Milwaukee Tuesday, the Republican governor said, “There are all sorts of hypotheses out there … I haven’t seen anything yet.”

Walker would have to give his blessing to the counties’ efforts.

Earlier this year, he rejected the chance to obtain more federal dollars to treat more low-income clients statewide under BadgerCare. He said the funding might not be around in three years, and states which take the money might be left holding the bag.

Wisconsin Citizen Action held a news conference Tuesday in support of the 19 counties, which want to a conduct a pilot project similar to one approved for the Cleveland area in Ohio.

There, the Republican Legislature rejected the extra federal funds – but Governor John Kasich agreed to funnel more Medicaid dollars to county officials in Cleveland, with a designated clinic to provide the additional care.

Milwaukee County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic said it’s an effort worth considering. 

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