Ohio leader notes concerns with expanding Medicaid


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio House says his Republican colleagues have concerns about the expense of expanding Medicaid, though he has yet to discuss with them whether the state should increase Medicaid coverage.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) is expected to decide soon whether Ohio should opt for the Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law known as the Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker William Batchelder acknowledged Wednesday that expanding Medicaid poses not just financial questions, but also philosophical ones for lawmakers who oppose the law and its mandate for almost everyone to obtain insurance.

A recent study by a nonpartisan health policy organization says expanding Medicaid could net Ohio $1.4 billion over the next decade. The report said about 456,000 uninsured Ohioans would gain health care coverage by 2022.

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