Gov. Scott Walker's administration will be able to move ahead with more aggressive tools to recover assets from the estates of people who were on Medicaid.
The Legislature's budget committee voted 10-6 on Wednesday to allow the administration to implement the estate-recovery provisions that were approved as part of the budget Walker signed into law this summer.
Opponents say the changes will make it more difficult for children to inherit the family farm, business or property and lead to some elderly people getting divorced to shield their assets.
But supporters say the changes are part of an effort to create a more fair system where state taxpayers don't have to foot the bill for someone's long-term care only to have them pass their assets down to others upon their death.