Ohio Lawmakers To Hear Several Medicaid Proposals

Oct 16, 2013

Ohio lawmakers are scheduled to hear more details about how several proposals would change the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled.

One bill before a House committee would expand the program's eligibility, while another would roll it back for certain people, such as parents and pregnant women. The measures' sponsors are expected to testify on their plans this morning.

A Senate committee also is scheduled to hear initial testimony on a bill creating an oversight body to keep Medicaid growth in check.

The hearings come ahead of a looming decision on Medicaid expansion. The state Controlling Board is scheduled Monday to vote on a request from Gov. John Kasich to authorize the spending of federal dollars on newly eligible Medicaid enrollees in the expansion

The leader of the Ohio Senate says he believes the governor's request for spending on Medicaid expansion has enough support to clear a state panel.

Senate President Keith Faber told reporters Tuesday that Gov. John Kasich likely wouldn't have brought the request to the Controlling Board if he did not think he had the votes for it. The seven-member board handles certain adjustments to the state budget.

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