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Wisconsin Senate to vote on health insurance program

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MADISON (AP) -- A new state health insurance program for more than 20,000 people who couldn't get on a better plan before money ran out is up for approval Tuesday in the state Senate.

Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee objected to creating the new BadgerCare Basic plan, arguing this week that the state will end up picking up the tab for something private insurance companies should offer.

Under the proposal from Gov. Jim Doyle, all costs for the new program would be covered by a $130 per-month premium paid by enrollees. It would not cost the state anything.

The new plan was created after no new enrollees were accepted starting in October for the more expansive program Core Plan where demand exceeded funding.

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