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Ohio governor is not giving up on Medicaid expansion
But his fellow Republicans have stripped the expansion of health-care for poorer people out of their budgets

Jo Ingles
Gov. Kasich proposed expanding medicaid to some 300,000 Ohioans when he presented his budget in February. Both the House and Senate have stripped this from their versions of the budget.
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Gov. Kasich is telling Statehouse reporters he has not given up on Medicaid expansion.


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"I just wrote a piece about what would Ronald Reagan do?" Gov. Kasich says. "So I’m obviously doing everything I can to try to get the Medicaid reform through so we will see. I don’t know if it will be in this budget. It’s been made pretty clear to me that it won’t be in this budget, but let’s see if we can get it done somehow."

The Ohio Senate is expected to pass its proposed two-year state budget tomorrow and it does not include Medicaid expansion. The House plan did not include it either.

But business leaders, labor groups and Democrats continue to call for Republicans to do something soon to make sure Medicaid is offered to the low-income Ohioans who could get it under the federal expansion plan.

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