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Local groups react to BadgerCare decision

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Area groups are responding to Tuesday's vote by the state's Joint Finance Committee to reject federal funds for BadgerCare.

Local leaders and community members held a news conference Wednesday opposing the committee's plan to reject more than 100 million dollars in federal funding.

They're also concerned that people who live above the poverty line and were previously covered under medicaid will have to find coverage through federal exchanges.

Critics of the decision to reject funding to the program say the plan will only hurt families in the long run by not offering access to affordable healthcare. "There will be issues down the road with children on BadgerCare. There will be low income people not being able to access proper care. I don't think it's a good thing for our state. I don't think it's a good thing for La Crosse," said La Crosse Co. Supervisor Monica Kruse.

During a stop in La Crosse Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker commented on his plan and what it will mean for the people of Wisconsin. "We'll have fewer people uninsured. Everyone going forward under my proposal in the state who lives in poverty will be covered in the medicaid funded Badgercare, in the marketplace, the subsidized or private insurance plans."

The budget now heads to the Assembly for debate, then to the Senate and finally to Governor Walker where he can use his partial veto power.

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