Ohio continues to pursue flexibility on Medicaid

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) administration says it will continue discussions with federal officials over how to extend health coverage to more low-income Ohioans.

That’s despite a move by legislative leaders to scrap the governor’s plans for expanding the federal-state Medicaid program.

A GOP-dominated Ohio House committee advanced the state’s two-year budget Tuesday. It removes Kasich’s proposal to extend Medicaid under the federal health care law. A vote by the full House was expected Thursday.

The Kasich administration has been negotiating with federal officials for months over whether the law allows any flexibility to provide private coverage to some who would be eligible under the Medicaid expansion. Officials say the talks have continued to move in the state’s direction as to the details of how an Ohio option could work.

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