Medicaid Supporters To Rally For Expansion In Ohio

Jul 9, 2013

State lawmakers in Ohio are on summer break. But that's not keeping supporters of expanding the Medicaid program from rallying at the Statehouse.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has planned to appear at a Tuesday afternoon event.  Kasich proposed extending Medicaid coverage to more low-income Ohioans, though GOP leaders dropped it from the state budget that passed in June.

Legislators say they'll continue to try to find common ground on how to proceed with the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled people. 

Speakers at the rally are expected to include Kasich, a county sheriff, leaders of veterans groups and others.

Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be eligible for coverage beginning in 2014 if the state expands Medicaid - a key component of Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law.