The Associated Press April 20, 2010, 9:53AM ET

Wis. Assembly to consider new health care program

A state-run program to provide basic health insurance for thousands of low-income Wisconsin residents waiting for care would be created under a bill set to pass the Legislature.

The Assembly is scheduled to pass the bill on Tuesday. It has already cleared the Senate.

Gov. Jim Doyle proposed the program, nicknamed BadgerCare Basic, as a way to provide basic health care coverage for people without children who are on a waiting list for the BadgerCare Core plan.

That plan stopped accepting new enrollments when funding ran out.

The waiting list is now around 34,000 people.

The new program will be paid for through premium and co-payments of those receiving coverage. Republican opponents say they think the state will pick end up picking up the tab.

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