Ohio lawmakers hit the road for health care tours

CLEVELAND (AP) — State lawmakers are hitting the road to explore possible changes to Ohio’s health care system.

The Senate’s Medicaid subcommittee heads to Cleveland on Tuesday to see how a mini-Medicaid expansion model works at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Legislators have been trying to find common ground on whether to expand Medicaid health coverage to more low income people since Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) proposed an extension of the program in February. GOP leaders pulled it from the state budget, and the issue has yet to gain traction.

A House committee that has been studying prescription drug additions also travels to a medical center in southern Ohio.

The panel meets in Jackson and also plans to make stops later this summer in Hardin, Lucas, and Cuyahoga counties to hear public testimony.

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