MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Health care advocates are urging the Legislature's budget committee not to delay expanding Medicaid coverage to poor childless adults for three months.

The delay affecting about 83,000 people is part of Gov. Scott Walker's plan before the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee on Monday. Walker is proposing that delay to pay for another part of his proposal that would put off for three months kicking 72,000 current Medicaid recipients out of the program.

Those who testified Monday praised the delay in kicking people out of Medicaid, but said childless adults should get coverage starting in January as the budget originally called for.

The committee was to vote on the plan later Monday before the Assembly takes it up Wednesday. The Senate is expected to vote on it later this month.