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Gov. Kasich isn't done with Medicaid expansion, but says he wants lawmakers to agree
Advocates are pushing a ballot alternative that could impact the 2014 gubernatorial election

Jo Ingles
Kasich announced last winter that he wanted to expand Medicaid, but the idea has stalled in the Statehouse.
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Gov. Kasich and Republicans in the Ohio Legislature continue to wrestle over whether to expand Medicaid. The Republican Kasich and Statehouse Democrats want to extend the health-care coverage to another 275,000low-income Ohioans. But most Republicans in the Ohio House are opposed.

Some Statehouse insiders believe Kasich is considering using an executive order to adopt the expansion without lawmakers’ approval but Kasich tells reporters he doesn’t want to do that.

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“You need to have some agreement with them one way or another as far as how you proceed. You don’t want to get yourself into some sort of showdown where you run out of money and you force it. So I’m still patient and I take them at their word but there are still some things I think we can we think help them out.”

Kasich would not detail the things he’s considering.

Meanwhile, backers of the expansion are collecting petition signatures. If they get enough, the Legislature would have a few months to pass the plan and if it doesn’t, the issue could go before voters in November of 2014 – a gubernatorial election year.


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