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Medicaid will be Ohio lawmakers main agenda in October
Gov. John Kasich has vowed not to give up with fellow Republicans

Karen Kasler
Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder
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Medicaid reform, and perhaps expansion, will be top of the agenda when lawmakers come back to the Statehouse after their summer recess. But what might happen is unclear.

State budget director Tim Keen has said that Gov. Kasich continues to push lawmakers on Medicaid expansion during the recess. House Speaker Bill Batchelder acknowledges he’s not sure where his 60-member caucus stands as a whole on the complicated questions surrounding Medicaid expansion.
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“I think that as people have examined it, some people who are favorably disposed have backed off; some people who are absolutely opposed have decided that this is something that we’re stuck with,” Batchelder said. “Some people have decided that it’s a beneficial thing.”

Lawmakers are expected back in early October. Democrats have asked Kasich to call the legislature back into session to deal with Medicaid expansion, saying that adopting it by Oct. 1 is key to capturing the maximum amount of federal funding.

But the Kasich administration, and some Republican lawmakers, say that deadline is not critical and that the state’s Medicaid agency will be ready if changes are made after Oct. 1.

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