Ohio panel hears details on Medicaid projections

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A key Ohio lawmaker says projections showing the state could save money by expanding Medicaid are just one piece of a fact-finding process.

State Sen. Dave Burke, who chairs a Medicaid subcommittee, says the analysis from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio shows that curbing Medicaid’s growth to a certain rate is feasible. But the Republican chairman says lawmakers must craft the right policy to achieve it.

State lawmakers have been trying to find common ground on Medicaid since Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) proposed an extension of the federal-state program in February. GOP leaders pulled it from the state budget, and the issue has yet to gain traction in the Legislature.

Burke’s Senate subcommittee will travel to Cleveland next week to see how a mini-Medicaid expansion project works.

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