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White House clashes with Governor over Medicaid expansion

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A report from the White House says Wisconsin is missing out on thousands of jobs and more people getting healthcare coverage because of Gov. Scott Walker's decision to pass on the federal expansion of Medicaid.

But a spokesperson for the Governor says the report is wrong.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a report saying expansion here would mean health coverage for an additional 120,000 people in 2016. The report says expansion would lead to 11,200 new jobs by 2017 and result in nearly $2.6 billion in additional federal spending in Wisconsin. 

Gov. Scott Walker has rejected any federal money to expand Medicaid, known as Badger Care Plus in Wisconsin, and restricted coverage to those whose earnings are at or below the poverty level. But Gov. Walker has expanded coverage to childless adults who had been on a waiting list.  Laurel Patrick, a spokesperson for Gov. Walker, says more than 80,000 childless adults now have coverage under the Governor's changes.

Patrick cites a different report from the Kaiser Family Foundation that shows the state has no coverage gap.

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