Ohio lawmakers hear details on Medicaid expansion

By By ANN SANNER

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers in Ohio are hearing more details on Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) plan to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.

A Kasich administration official emphasized Thursday to an Ohio House committee that the governor's plan offers a way to opt out if the federal government rolls back its financial commitments to cover the cost of the newly eligible.

Greg Moody, director of the governor's Office of Health Transformation, described the provision as a "circuit breaker" that would shut down the program should there be future changes out of Washington.

Under the law, the federal government will pay the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years, gradually phasing down to 90 percent. That's still well above the state's current level of 64 percent.

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