JFC approves pulling Medicaid expansion, other provisions from Evers budget

The GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to wipe out some of the pillars of Dem Tony Evers’ budget, including an expansion of Medicaid, which the guv considered the linchpin for a $1.6 billion boost in health care spending over the next two years.
GOP Sen. Luther Olsen, who has expressed an openness to accepting the federal money to expand Medicaid, voted with his fellow Republicans as the motion cleared 11-4.
The Medicaid expansion would have extended coverage under the program to an estimated 82,000. It also would have saved the state $324.5 million in general purpose revenu...

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