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With Medicaid Expansion Passed, Group Campaigning for Ballot Issue Withdraws Petitions

Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:16 PM

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The group pushing to put Medicaid expansion on the 2014 November ballot is no longer collecting signatures.

The Healthy Ohioans Work committee told the Secretary of State’s office that they were withdrawing their petition. Since a legislative panel expanded Medicaid, the group’s effort was no longer needed.

Jon Allison, a spokesperson for the committee, said in an interview with Ohio Public Television in September that this was the resolution they were hoping for.

“There aren’t many other options on the table,” Allison said at the time. “This is not ideal. It is not a great solution to go to the ballot but we have to put that option on the table.”

Legislators on the little-known Controlling Board voted to accept federal funds in order to expand eligibility for Medicaid. A lawsuit has been filed with the Ohio Supreme Court to challenge that decision.

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