Healthcare

Ohioans will be able to vote this November on whether they want to participate in the national health care overhaul.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Tuesday that opponents to the overhaul collected nearly 427,000 valid signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needed roughly 385,000 signatures.

At question is a proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution to keep people from being required to buy health insurance or face penalties. The federal mandate would go into effect in 2014, when new competitive insurance exchanges are scheduled to open.

The Ohio attorney general's office says its units that deal with Medicaid and workers' compensation fraud recovered a record-setting amount in the last fiscal year.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than $101 million was recovered by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which secured 135 indictments and 121 convictions.

DeWine's office says the workers' compensation unit recovered nearly $1.9 million and had 99 indictments and 100 convictions.

In this week's edition of PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Bill Cohen with the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau. Cohen has been following both the referendum effort on Senate Bill 5 and the proposed constitutional amendment Tea Party groups are pushing to exempt Ohioans from the federal mandate in President Obama's health care law. Cohen gives the latest developments with a look to the future and compares the two efforts.

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