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U.S. Senator Baldwin urges Gov. Walker to keep thousands on BadgerCare Plus

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin asked Governor Scott Walker today to let 77,000 Wisconsinites stay on BadgerCare Plus for an extra three months. 

In a letter to the Republican governor, Baldwin -- a Wisconsin Democrat -- said those losing their Medicaid coverage will need extra time to sign up for Obamacare under the federal purchasing exchange. 

The exchange's Web site has made it hard for people to sign up -- but state officials say that folks are having success signing up by phone and by mail. So Tuesday, the state's health agency began sending paper applications to all 77,000 recipients, confident that they'll sign up for Obamacare coverage by the deadline of December 15th. 

Baldwin does not believe that will work. She says those losing their BadgerCare should be allowed to remain on the program through the end of March.