medicaid expansion

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

As the final vote on the House budget approaches, Republicans leaders are seeking tougher access to Medicaid expansion money.

Republican Finance Chair Ryan Smith read through every new amendment added to the budget bill. But it was the very first provision that stuck out the most.

A proposed change would force Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid department to go to the six lawmakers on the state Controlling Board every six months to approve the use of expanded Medicaid funds.

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The Ohio House is looking over a new budget proposal that has a fair share of controversial recommendations. One that’s catching the eye of many advocates is a new requirement for the 700,000 people getting Medicaid through the expansion pushed by Gov. John Kasich in 2013.

The House version of the state budget says those who want to qualify for Medicaid under the expanded coverage would have to be 55 or older, have “intensive health care needs,” be in school, be participating in an alcohol or drug addiction treatment program, or have a job.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Gibbs toured a residential center in Massillon today that treats people addicted to opioids. They also heard arguments that the Medicaid expansion that many fellow Republicans oppose is crucial to such efforts. 

The tour was of two 100-year-old buildings on what used to be the grounds of Massillon State psychiatric hospital. They’ve been renovated and turned over to CommQuest services to provide detox, medication maintenance and residential treatment.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. John Kasich had strong words for leaders in Washington from his own party. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports Kasich’s comments came amid uncertainty over Ohio’s fiscal future.

The proposed budget from Gov. John Kasich will spend less money than previously planned, but continues Medicaid expansion.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The White House is reportedly quietly restarting talks on health care reform, after the bill President Trump and Republicans back was pulled just hours before a vote on Friday. Gov. John Kasich said he was working on that issue too this week

Kasich said he was in Washington Monday talking to lawmakers about bipartisan action on health care reform.

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