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Ohio Senate expects to keep Medicaid expansion out of the budget
Senate Republicans join those in the House balking at Gov. Kasich's plans to include Medicaid expansion in the state budget

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"Republican Senators unveiling their two-year budget are (from right) Senate President Keith Faber of Celina, Senate Finance Committee chair Scott Oelslager of Canton, and Senators Dave Burke of Marysville, Bill Coley of West Chester and Larry Obhof of Medina"
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It looks like Medicaid expansion won’t be part of the proposed two-year state budget that will come out of the Ohio Senate. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains.

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Gov. John Kasich, business and health-care leaders and Democrats want Medicaid expansion in the Ohio budget. But Republican Ohio Senate President Keith Faber says that’s unlikely.

“You need two chambers to move a bill and the House has indicated they simply don’t have the votes to get Medicaid expansion done in the budget,” Faber said. “Therefore I do not believe Medicaid expansion is on the table as it relates to this legislation in the budget.”

Faber says a group of senators is working on Medicaid reforms, and he says they could be considered as a stand-alone bill outside the budget.

Wendy Patton with Policy Matters Ohio is disappointed. “It makes sense as part of the budget process because it complements other moving parts within the budget."

Patton says her coalition of Medicaid-expansion supporters will continue to push for it in the budget.

Gov. Kasich tells reporters he’ll fight for it, too.

“We have to all move together and I don’t think it’s not all over yet. That’s not the sign I’m getting. ...  I think there’s a way to go, but we are not going to give it up.”

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