The discussion over extending Medicaid came to Dayton this week. Members of the Ohio Senate Finance Subcommittee came to CareSource to hear how Medicaid expansion would affect Ohioans and the state’s bottom line. Emily McCord speaks with WYSO's economics reporter, Lewis Wallace, who reports that health care advocates point to a study that shows Ohio can expand Medicaid while saving money at the same time.
While Governor John Kasich says he’s working with lawmakers to expand Medicaid to more Ohioans, one legislator is proposing a plan that would dramatically cut eligibility. The representative says that it’s time for Ohio to reduce the participants in what he calls a corrupt system.
“My question has been ‘why are we spending a lot of taxpayer money for an inefficient and ineffective program that’s well above federal minimums.’”
That’s why Representative John Becker of southwest Ohio wants to cut eligibility rates down to the minimum that federal law requires.
The Democrat challenging Governor John Kasich is taking his message on the road. As WYSO’s Emily McCord reports Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald was in Dayton Wednesday to talk about women’s issues and the state budget.
Hundreds of advocates for low income Ohioans packed into the Statehouse on Tuesday for a rally to urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid. It’s the latest in an ongoing fight between Republican legislative leaders who don’t want to expand Medicaid and Governor Kasich, who backs the idea. But Democratic State Representative Mike Foley says the Governor needs to do more to get majority lawmakers to pass Medicaid expansion now.