State Budget

Statewide News
10:40 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Kasich Medicaid Expansion Sets Up Debate

Kasich explains budget
Credit Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

As part of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget plan released Monday, the republican announced that he’ll push for expanding Ohio Medicaid services under the federal health care law. 

The governor’s plan to expand the Medicaid program has some conservative leaning groups concerned.  Opposition to the plan is largely centered on increased administrative costs for the state.  And some say Medicaid funding is already unsustainable, so why expand the program?  Seth Morgan is policy director of Americans for Prosperity – Ohio. 

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Politics
5:46 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

PoliticsOhio: What's In Store For 2013

It's the beginning of a new year at the Statehouse and Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen to preview what issues lawmakers may tackle in the year ahead.


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Statewide News
12:09 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Ohio Official: Budget Won't Be 'Business As Usual'

Ohio's budget director says state revenues have "modestly exceeded" projections during the budget year that began in July.

Budget director Tim Keen says that has allowed the state to stash money in its rainy day fund. But he warns that assembling Ohio's next two-year budget will still have its challenges.

Gov. John Kasich's last budget closed a budget gap that approached $8 billion.

Health
6:30 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Ohio Medicaid to Become Stand Alone Agency

The plan is to make Ohio Medicaid a cabinet-level agency starting halfway through the next two year budget cycle on July 1, 2014. Right now Medicaid is housed in the Department of Job and Family Services, but is also administered by five other state agencies.  Greg Moody is the head of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.

“We realized that the organization of the program itself was stifling innovation," says Moody.

Medicaid is a nearly $19 billion program – it’s a third of the state budget and growing. But Moody says this move isn’t designed to cut the budget.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Ohio Lawmakers Plan to Strip Funding for Planned Parenthood

Democrats in the Ohio legislature are angry about a proposal that’s been slipped into a budget adjustment bill. The proposal would strip away money from Planned Parenthoods throughout Ohio.

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