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Democrat says he'll work with GOP on Medicaid deal


MADISON (WKOW) -- Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach says he will be talking with Republican lawmakers about accepting federally funded Medicaid expansion that ends after certain periods of time. 

Erpenbach discussed the possible deal Tuesday at a health care conference. 

Republican Gov. Scott  Walker has proposed rejecting the Medicaid expansion in his state budget, which is subject to approval by the GOP-controlled Legislature. 

Erpenbach says he knows of Republicans in the state Senate who have a difficult time with Walker's plan, which would result in turning away an estimated $4.4 billion in federal funding to expand Medicaid for 175,000 adults. 

Erpenbach and other Democratic lawmakers on a panel at the conference criticized Walker's plan and say it is motivated by politics, not what makes sense for the state. 

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