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Legislative Panel Approves Medicaid Expansion

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM

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Ohio's Controlling Board weighs the Medicaid expansion proposal.

A legislative panel at the Ohio Statehouse has approved a plan to allow the state to accept two and a half billion federal dollars to be used to expand Medicaid. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, this move isn’t doing much to end the fight over the controversial issue.

As expected the Ohio Controlling board voted to expand Medicaid with two Republicans voting for it.  The move allows the state’s Medicaid Director to draw down the money to expand Medicaid and allow 275 thousand low income to get on the program.  Gail Channing Tennenbaum is part of a coalition working for Medicaid expansion.

Channing Tennenbaum - The Governor chose to go this route and we were thrilled with the bipartisan participation on the controlling board.
Republican Representative Lou Terhar feels differently.

Terhar – The basis for this government is supposed to be that everybody gets to vote.  What just happened in there is that 90% of the people in Ohio just got disenfranchised because they didn’t get to vote.

But opponents might get their day in court if a lawsuit is filed as planned tomorrow morning. 

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