State Assembly to convene in December on Medicaid
MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly plans to convene next month to take up bills that would extend health coverage for almost 100,000 people for another three months.
Gov. Scott Walker toughened Medicaid eligibility in the state budget, forcing 77,000 people off the rolls as of Jan. 1. The state's high-risk insurance pool also is slated to disappear on Jan. 1, leaving another 20,000 people without coverage.
Walker said those people could find insurance through the new federal online exchange. But the exchange has been fraught with problems. Walker called a special legislative session last week so lawmakers can pass bills extending coverage for the two groups through the end of March.
Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer said Tuesday the Assembly will convene on Dec. 4 to take up the bills.