Ohio Dems look to bring GOP Medicaid bill to vote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio plan to use a legislative maneuver to try to call a vote on a Republican-sponsored bill to expand Medicaid.

The bill from GOP state Rep. Barbara Sears would extend the Medicaid program under the federal health care law to cover thousands more low-income Ohioans. It also includes cost-sharing provisions and aims to control Medicaid costs.

Democrats began collecting the 50 signatures needed to pull the bill Thursday. They say they’ll have at least their 39 members.

If successful, the rarely-used move would avert committee action and send the bill to the House floor.

The bill’s chances were uncertain since lawmakers have to wait at least one legislative day before it could be considered, but Thursday was the Legislature’s last scheduled session day before summer recess.

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