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Gov. Scott Walker encouraged the U.S. House to move forward on a GOP health care plan that he expects will be continually improved as it winds its way through Congress, saying “doing nothing would be a big mistake.”

“There’s going to be more stuff,” Walker said of the plan, adding he’s talked with House Speaker Paul Ryan “frequently” over the last two months as governor and chair of the Republican Governors Association.

U.S. House Republican leaders said last week they plan to vote on their health care bill Thursday, and Ryan, R-Janesville, late last night announced several proposed changes.

While the guv declined to say if he currently supports the bill, Walker said he thinks national leggies are “moving in the right direction” in making changes and improvements. He also refused to identify a “magic number” for the tax credits under the plan.

The changes House leaders announced included moving up the repeal of some Affordable Care Act taxes to 2017 rather than 2018 as originally planned.

Other changes Ryan’s office outlined include:

*striking a provision that would allow excess tax credits to be deposited into health savings accounts;

*prohibiting any additional states from expanding the current Medicaid program;

*allowing states to implement work requirements for Medicaid.

See Ryan’s statement:
http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/speaker-ryan-statement-improvements-american-health-care-act

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, has introduced an amendment that would allow young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until 23 rather than 26 as now allowed.

Grothman voted last week as a member of the Budget Committee to advance the bill. But he outlined several changes he wanted to see, including the lowering of the age when young adults can no longer receive coverage through their parents.

See the amendment:
http://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/GROTWI_006_xml320171355145514.pdf

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