GOP-led House drops Medicaid plan from Ohio budget
Written by ANN SANNER & JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:49

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican House leaders are dropping Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health overhaul to cover thousands more low-income Ohioans.

House lawmakers jettisoned the idea from their version of the two-year, state spending blueprint, which they released Tuesday.

Kasich frames his support for expanding Medicaid a way to recapture Ohio taxpayers' federal money and help the state's most vulnerable get health care.

Rejecting expansion means the state would forgo $13 billion from the federal government over the next seven years to cover those newly eligible for Medicaid.

Many GOP lawmakers are averse to Democratic President Barack Obama's law and resistant to expanding government programs.

House Speaker William Batchelder said there was a lack of clarity from Washington around the regulations under the law.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 15:20

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