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Gov. Walker calls for special session on health care issues

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker is calling the state Legislature back into session on the week of December 2nd. 

As he first announced last week, the Republican governor wants lawmakers to delay a scheduled January first cutoff of 77,000 people from BadgerCare. 

The affected clients have incomes above the poverty level -- and Walker wanted them to sign up coverage on the federal government's purchasing exchange. However, problems with the exchange's Web site have prevented millions of Americans from signing up. 

Those people have until December 15th to sign up, or risk paying fines. Walker says it's, "irresponsible to force some Wisconsinites to pay the price for the federal government's failure." 

He wants to delay the BadgerCare cutoff until the end of March. He also's asking for a three-month extension of the state's health plan for high risk patients. They were also supposed to use the exchanges to get coverage by January 1st.