Medicaid expansion plan in Ohio takes another hit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Ohioans has been dealt another blow.

A top Republican in the Ohio Legislature says the Senate’s version of the state budget won’t include the governor’s proposed Medicaid expansion.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY’-bur) said Wednesday that he’s pushing for changes to the Medicaid program instead of the wide-ranging expansion plan.

Lawmakers in the Ohio House already had stripped the Medicaid proposal that’s a key element of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Kasich proposed going forward with the expansion in his two-year state budget plan. He says it’s a way for the state to recapture Ohio taxpayers’ federal money.

Just over 350,000 Ohio residents would be up for coverage if Medicaid expansion goes into place in 2014.

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