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Medicaid Advocates: Ohio Lawmakers Must Act Soon

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Medicaid supporters descended on the Statehouse Thursday to call for the expansion of Ohio's Medicaid program. Gov. John Kasich has pushed for the expansion, but it was stripped from the House's version of the next two-year state budget.
1:55PM
June 20, 2013

Medicaid advocates are urging Ohio legislators to approve a measure to expand the state’s Medicaid program before they recess for the summer.

Budget Director, Lawmakers Butt Heads Over How To Use Surplus

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Ohio budget director Tim Keen says the revenue forecast hinges on how businesses and individuals may have reacted to the uncertainty surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the end of 2012, when some made moves to avoid what they feared might be higher taxes.
8:54AM
June
19, 2013

The committee working out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget now has updated estimates on tax revenues and Medicaid. Tax receipts are up and Medicaid costs are down, but those numbers come with a caution.

Senate Chief: Medicaid Reform Not Part Of Budget

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Rep. State Senate President Keith Faber said Wednesday that a separate bipartisan bill for potential changes to Medicaid will be introduced Thursday.
3:53PM
June 12, 2013

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber says Medicaid reform will not be part of the state’s budget negotiations that a panel of legislative negotiators is undertaking this week.

Senate President: Medicaid Expansion Could Happen In 2013

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Ohio could forfeit up to $13 billion in federal funding if it declines to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
8:58AM
May 14, 2013

The Republican president of the Ohio Senate says state lawmakers are open to pursuing a Medicaid bill before the end of the year.

Ohio Gov Hasn’t Lost Hope On Medicaid Expansion

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Governor Kasich says he continues to hope the state legislature will expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.
1:31PM
May 8, 2013

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he hasn’t given up hope that the Legislature will expand the Medicaid program under the federal health care law.

Medicaid Expansion Backers Rally At Ohio Capitol

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Supporters of Medicaid expansion rally Thursday at Ohio Statehouse
2:26PM
April
11, 2013

An estimated 2,500 demonstrators have assembled at the Ohio Statehouse to urge state lawmakers to extend Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.

Medicaid Rally Shows Odd Political Allies

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The Thursday rally headlined by Gov. John Kasich attracted members of many groups that disagree with the Republican governor on key political issues.
8:47AM
March 15, 2013

The rally headlined by Gov. John Kasich attracted members of many groups that disagree with the Republican governor on most key political issues.

Faith Leaders Applaud Kasich Budget, Medicaid Expansion

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Leaders of several faiths gathered in the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday to endorse Gov. John kasich's budget, which includes an expansion of Ohio's Medicaid program.
7:56AM
March
6, 2013

Governor John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid as part of the new two year state budget is being praised by some major church leaders throughout Ohio, including many who disagree on other social issues.

Ohio Gov Sees Medicaid Ally In Food Bank Backers

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Governor Kasich wants food bank supporters to lobby Republicans to back his plan to expand Medicaid.
1:50PM
February 28, 2013

Gov. John Kasich is imploring supporters of the state’s food banks to help him convince his fellow Republicans in the Legislature to extend Medicaid coverage to thousands of Ohio residents.

Medicaid Creates Rift Between Kasich, Tea Party Groups

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Gov. John Kasich has repeatedly defended his decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. Farther-right organizations like the Ohio Liberty Coalition oppose the expansion of government-funded health care.
8:14AM
February 22, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich is one of the nation’s most conservative governors. The Tea Party Movement also proudly proclaims conservative principles. But the two are at odds over the governor’s proposal to expand Medicaid to an extra 275,000 low-income Ohio adults.