Groups look to sway Ohioans on Medicaid expansion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of hospitals, insurers and religious organizations are seeking support from state lawmakers to expand Medicaid, even as Ohio's governor has yet to say whether he'll push to cover more low-income adults.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is expected to decide soon whether Ohio should opt for the Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. He plans to reveal the decision in his budget proposal on Monday.

In the meantime, a coalition of expansion supporters called the Ohio Alliance for Health Transformation has been encouraging lawmakers to back expanded coverage through face-to-face meetings, phone calls and emails. The coalition's regional partners are making the pitch locally with letters to the editor and public meetings.

Should Kasich go for the expansion, he'll need backing from the GOP-controlled Legislature.

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