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Wisconsin health officials ask to increase Medicaid spending by $452M: 3 things to know

Officials from the Department of Health Services asked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to increase Medicaid spending by $452 million in the upcoming budget hearings, CBS Minnesota reports

Here's what you should know.

1. Wisconsin increased Medicaid by $650 million in 2011, $685 million in 2013 and $1.6 billion in 2015 over the last three state budgets. Wisconsin's budget covers a two year period. The state is currently spending $7,494,803,035 on Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

2. The smaller increase "stems from better care coordination, efforts to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse and improved oversight of managed care contracts," DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer wrote.

3. Gov. Walker said he'd consider the request when he crafts his executive budget and proposes it in early 2017.

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