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Opponents of Medicaid expansion want Ohio to put it on hold
Maurice Thompson says the state should wait until the Ohio Supreme Court weighs in

Karen Kasler
In The Region:

Questions continue about Ohio’s Medicaid expansion, including how many people will benefit and whether the projected savings should be used for further cuts in state income taxes.

One of the biggest questions is whether Medicaid will be expanded at all. Opponents have sued to stop it. And their lawyer, Maurice Thompson says he went straight to the Ohio Supreme Court to get a quick resolution.

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“Frankly, we need a final determination by January to avert that sort of major crisis. So we’ve also filed a motion asking the court to expedite the calendar for that case like they would an elections case.”

As many as 366,000 Ohioans are believed to be in line to benefit from the expansion, which supporters say will also save the state money as well

A bill introduced in the Senate this week would turn the projected $400 million in savings from expansion into a 4 percent income-tax cut.  But Thompson says the state should reconsider enrolling people in Medicaid and talking about tax cuts before the state high court rules on his suit.


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