Ohio Medicaid move hits drug, mental health help

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say a move to turn down the governor’s Medicaid expansion plan will cost mental illness and substance abuse programs millions.

They say it adds up to the loss of $700 million for medical care and treatment programs over the next two years.

Republicans in the Ohio House have removed Medicaid expansion from the upcoming state budget.

They did agree to continue discussing health coverage for the poor and add $100 million over the next two years for mental health and substance abuse.

But those in Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-sik’s) administration say that’s not enough to meet the needs of those with mental health problems and addictions.

What happens next with Medicaid is up to the state Senate.

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