COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state senator says he's ready to propose a package of needed changes to the state's Medicaid system.
Legislation coming Thursday from state Sen. Dave Burke is not expected to expand the Medicaid program to cover more low-income residents under the federal health care law.
Burke, a Marysville Republican, describes his bill as "a comprehensive Medicaid reform package" that addresses the long-term sustainability of Ohio's Medicaid program. It follows a series of hearings around the state.
Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) backs a Medicaid expansion. Fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature have balked despite the U.S. government promising to cover the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years and 90 percent for subsequent years.
Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible for coverage beginning in 2014.