|Ohio Medicaid vote to face legal, legislative pushback|
|Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press|
|Tuesday, 22 October 2013 10:26|
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) â€” Legal and legislative challenges loom in Ohio after a board vote to fund an expansion of the Medicaid health program to cover thousands more residents.
Ohio recently got approval from the federal government to extend Medicaid eligibility.
On Monday, a board of six lawmakers and an appointee of the governor that handles certain adjustments to the state budget granted a request from Gov. John Kasich's (KAY-siks) administration to spend federal dollars on the expansion.
Kasich's move to bypass the full Legislature and go to the Controlling Board has been criticized.
The Senate's Republican leader says a bill will be introduced to rein in the board's ability to make such "sweeping" budget adjustments.
Medicaid expansion opponents say they expect to file a lawsuit as soon as Tuesday challenging the board's decision.
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