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Medicaid expansion remains out of Ohio budget right now
Critics of the Ohio House decision protested at the Statehouse again this week

Jo Ingles

The Ohio House Finance Committee has rejected a Democratic amendment to the two-year state budget that would have allowed for the expansion of Medicaid.

That vote was taken just a couple of hours after nearly 900 protesters circled the Statehouse, holding signs and praying. They are trying to convince lawmakers to expand the federal program.

Cheri Walter, the chief executive officer of the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, was one of the praying protesters.

Medicaid expansion remains out of Ohio budget right now

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“You know we’ve done the boisterous rallies. We had an extravaganza. We had a mega rally. But now what we want people to understand is that, by not extending coverage, 275,000 Ohioans will go without any form of health-care insurance.”

Walter and other health care advocates say they’ll continue to push for expansion of Medicaid, as will many leading business organizations. Ohio House leaders and opponents of the expansion say there are too many unanswered questions and they fear it could cost the state much more than expected.

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