House opens up further talks on Medicaid plan

5:36 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Ohio House lawmakers have agreed to provide a pathway in the state's budget for officials to seek flexibility in providing health coverage to more low-income Ohioans.

Republican Gov. John Kasich had proposed expanding the federal-state Medicaid program under President Barack Obama's health care law.

But GOP House leaders stripped the idea from their version of the budget. Lawmakers voted 97-0 Thursday to amend the budget to give lawmakers time to study the issue and allow Ohio to pursue other options.

The Kasich administration has been negotiating with federal officials for months over the details of possibly providing private health coverage to some people who would be eligible for Medicaid under the expansion.

The amendment directs administration officials to bring a Medicaid plan to the Legislature this fall for approval.

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