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Residents voice concerns over proposed state budget

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The Joint Finance Committee held four public hearings on the budget, but did not come to Eau Claire for one of those -- so Democratic lawmakers did.

Monday night, they hosted a hearing on the state budget proposal at Chippewa Valley Technical College.  Citizens talked about transportation and school funding, but one issue stood out.  People raised concerns about the plans to tighten Medicaid eligibility.

"My daughter and I both get Badger Care.  Ninety-thousand people will lose Badger Care if this budget goes through and I would be one of them," says Laurel Boyer, a resident of Chippewa Falls.

When Governor Walker laid out his plan, he talked about reducing the number of people covered by the government.  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin Hospital Association and Republican Senator Alberta Darling are concerned the online federal insurance exchanges won't be ready in time.  Senator Darling is suggesting that lawmakers consider using federal funding to keep those affected by changes to remain under the state Medicaid program for about a year.

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