Advocates consider Medicaid issue for Ohio ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of extending health coverage to more low-income Ohioans are exploring whether an expansion of Medicaid could be put to a statewide vote.

John Begala, of the Center for Community Solutions, said Wednesday the Cleveland-based policy organization has hired legal counsel for guidance on a possible ballot issue. The organization also is contacting other groups to gauge their interest in case signatures are gathered for the initiative.

Republicans in the Ohio House dropped Medicaid expansion from the two-year state budget last month before sending the spending blueprint to the Senate.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY’-bur) said last week that his chamber’s version of the budget won’t include Medicaid expansion, but he said Medicaid “reform” is not dead.

Begala said he’s hopeful the General Assembly will come up with a solution.

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