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Report: Wisconsin never enforced 1998 child support law


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Medicaid officials admit they have never enforced a 1998 law requiring them to kick out health care providers behind on their child support payments.

  Lawmakers who included the requirement in a bill meant to crack down on "deadbeat dads" say they're upset.

  Senator Alberta Darling of River Hills says she's "extremely disappointed" two state agencies in charge of Medicaid and collecting child support never followed through.

  She says she wants to hold a public hearing to get an explanation.

The problem came to light earlier this month in a report by the Legislative Audit Bureau.

  Auditors say they can't determine the number of doctors and other health care providers who would be affected if the law was enforced.

  Department of Health spokesman Seth Boffeli says the agency is working to implement the law.

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