The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows 48 percent of Ohio voters agree with Republican Governor Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid in the buckeye state while 42 percent oppose the idea.
But when the poll is broken down into party affiliations, Democrats support it 71 percent to 22 percent and Independents support it 48 to 43 percent.
Ohio's Republican governor is supporting the expansion of Medicaid, one of the biggest government programs.
While that appears to be a contradiction in terms for a conservative governor who's rejected federal stimulus money, it's on point with the matter-of-fact approach of Gov. John Kasich.
Kasich proposed expanding Medicaid under the federal law in his two-year budget plan Monday. He's framed the decision as recapturing Ohio taxpayers' federal money.
Ohio is closer to replacing an outdated system that's known for rejecting eligible people from the Medicaid program.
Officials said Wednesday the state will contract with Accenture LLC for a new system that will help determine eligibility for programs across Ohio's health and human services agencies.
The announcement comes as the governor wants to expand the federal-state Medicaid program to cover more low-income people.
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Ohio is prepared to move forward with certain Medicaid contracts after an appellate court ruled in the state's favor in a lawsuit that had blocked officials from signing the agreements.
Amerigroup Corp. had sued the state, claiming the contract application process was flawed. The insurer was not among the top scorers.
The contract winners will provide health care services to 1.6 million Ohioans on Medicaid. The contracts provide billions in government work to the winning companies.
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