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Outgoing Health Services secretary to give update on Medicaid


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state official who suddenly resigned last week will spend one of his last days in office at the annual HealthWatch Wisconsin Conference.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services secretary Dennis Smith will give an update on the state's plan for changing Medicaid eligibility and how the state will interact with a federally operated health insurance marketplace known as an exchange.

Governor Scott Walker has declined to have the state run the exchange and he has also rejected a federally funded expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law.

Smith made a surprise announcement Friday that he was resigning his post to take a job with a Washington, D.C. law firm. He's a possible witness in a domestic violence case involving his former chief legal counsel, but the governor's office says that court case has nothing to do with his departure.

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