Some Conceal Carry Bans Lifted, And Managing Medicaid Under Unknown Future
Ohio has officially expanded the ability for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons into more locations. And that could mean permit holders could carry their concealed weapons into daycares, onto college campuses and in other places. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has more on what that means for Ohio going forward.
For the fourth week in a row, another candidate has announced a run for governor. This week it’s Jim Renacci, the four-term Congressman from Wadsworth in northeast Ohio.
Medicaid is the biggest piece of the state budget - $56.6 billion over the next two years. And the Affordable Care Act includes billions of dollars for Medicaid in Ohio – including Medicaid expansion. 700,000 Ohioans have Medicaid through expansion, and Kasich has been using his experience from last year’s run for president and has made keeping Medicaid expansion his new campaign. One lawmaker wants to make sure that the uncertainty over the future of Medicaid expansion doesn’t get worse by locking down the program as it is. Sen. Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) has proposed a measure to halt further enrollment in Medicaid expansion in Ohio – which he hadn’t wanted to see in the first place.
State Medicaid director Barbara Sears is also concerned, but with a different perspective. She'd, who had helped push Kasich’s Medicaid expansion when she was in the Ohio House.
With another perspective is John Corlett, the state Medicaid director under Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. He’s now with the Center for Community Solutions, which just released a study showing that Ohio stands to lose between $19 billion and $26 billion over a six-year period if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced with the Republican backed House plan.