Medicaid

Politics
7:35 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Legality Debated

Governor Kasich's decision to sidestep the legislature and expand Medicaid with approval from the state controlling board has critics crying foul - and mounting a legal challenge. The day after the state controlling board approved the expansion, a group called the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law filed suit. But a law professor at the University of Akron believes the controlling board's decision will stand.

Among the plaintiffs is Matt Lynch, a Republican lawmaker from Chagrin Falls.  He says the expansion of Medicaid should have been through a traditional legislative action.

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Politics
8:35 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Widener Introduces Bill to Give Medicaid Expansion Savings to Taxpayers

One of the Republican Senators who voted to allow the state to accept two and a half billion federal dollars for Medicaid expansion has introduced a bill to give Ohioans a tax break. The legislation is designed to capture savings in state government and give that money back to Ohio taxpayers.

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Politics
7:35 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Ohio Opponents of Medicaid Expansion File Lawsuit

Anti-abortion groups and six Republican lawmakers in Ohio are suing the state over a move to fund an expansion of the Medicaid health program.

Gov. John Kasich's administration brought the funding request to the state's Controlling Board, bypassing the full Legislature. The seven-member panel cleared the expansion money on Monday.

The lawsuit filed yesterday with the Ohio Supreme Court by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law argues the board violated the Legislature's intent by approving the expansion dollars.

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Affordable Care Act
5:38 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ohio Controlling Board Votes to Fund Medicaid Expansion

The Ohio Controlling Board approved funding to expand Medicaid in a 5-2 vote Monday afternoon.

That means beginning this January, over 300,000 Ohioans could become newly eligible for the state-run health insurance program, and around 275,000 are expected to get covered in 2014. The expansion extends state Medicaid programs to cover all adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or a little less than $16,000 for an individual.

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Affordable Care Act
8:57 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

In Medicaid Expansion Discussion, Coverage for Working Poor Hangs in the Balance

Antwaun Brown is currently uninsured, and doesn't know yet whether he'll be able to get covered by the ACA.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

Governor John Kasich will bring a Medicaid expansion proposal to the Ohio Controlling Board Monday. He’s gone around the Republican-run legislature in an attempt to approve billions in funds from the federal Affordable Care Act, and health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income people hangs in the balance.

When Amy Sylvester shows up at her appointment at Five Rivers Health Center in Dayton, she’s been up all night, because she works a 2am shift delivering papers.

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