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Second cutback of Medicaid rules considered at the Capitol

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State lawmakers Tuesday will consider a second cutback of new rules to make survivors repay more of the government's Medicaid health costs for their elderly relatives. 

The governor and Legislature approved new payback rules in the state budget in June.

They were first scaled back in September, as concerns grew that middle-class Wisconsinites would not be able to pass down their assets to their children and grandchildren. 

Concerns were also raised that elderly couples would get divorced to try and shield more assets from the government as a payback for Medicaid. 

Any paybacks under the new rules would not be required until both a recipient and a surviving spouse dies. 

Both houses were scheduled to take up the proposed second cutback.