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by Kelsi Schindler

WISCONSIN (WAOW) -- The State Senate will weigh in on a self-funded health care plan, Thursday.

BadgerCare Plus Basics would allow adults -- without dependent children who are on the state's health care waiting list -- access to doctors, hospitals and generic prescriptions.

The plan would give temporary coverage to over 20,000 low-income Wisconsinites who are waiting to receive benefits through the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan.

Gov. Jim Doyle is urging lawmakers to support the program, which currently has a long waiting list.

According to the Associated Press, Democratic Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says she opposes the program, as do several Republicans. Democratic Sen. Jim Sullivan of Wauwatosa says he's going to push for an amendment to make sure participants are eligible, and that those who qualify for better health care programs are directed their way.

To read about BadgerCare Plus Basic's premium, co-pays and prescription discounts, click here.

For BadgerCare Plus Core Plan info, click on the links below:

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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