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Ohio Rep. Jim Butler Is Dissapointed with Medicaid Vetoes in State Budget

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Rep. Jim Butler, who worked on most of the Medicaid provisions that Gov. Mike DeWine has vetoed in the state's permanent two-year budget, disagrees with the vetoes.

Nearly half of the 25 vetoes that Gov. Mike DeWine issued when he signed the two-year state budget deal with health care and Medicaid, which is the state’s largest program. A member of the conference committee that worked on the compromise budget deal isn’t happy with those rejections.

Ever since former Gov. John Kasich pushed through Medicaid expansion in 2013, lawmakers have pushed back on Medicaid policy in the budget. DeWine expressed concerns about cost, complexity and access to care and information in the Medicaid proposals he vetoed. 

Republican Rep. Jim Butler worked on most of those and said he’s disappointed.

“The DeWine administration is new, but so far it’s not promising that I think there isn’t a better partnership as indicated by many of the vetoes," he said.

On health care, Butler is upset about DeWine’s veto of a requirement for hospitals to provide price information in advance. But DeWine said state efforts to deal with so-called “surprise billing” could duplicate federal ones.