Bill targeting Medicaid growth clears Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House has passed a bill to create a new oversight committee for Medicaid and take steps to limit the cost growth of the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled.

The joint legislative panel would consist of 10 members. They could investigate the state agencies that administer the health program and request that Ohio's Medicaid director appear before them. The panel also would work with an actuary to analyze Medicaid's costs.

The House voted 52-35 on the bill Wednesday. It aims to curb future cost increases in Medicaid. The cost growth targets are tied to the lesser of the three-year average medical inflation rate for the Midwest or the projected inflation rate determined by the actuary or the oversight panel.

The Senate must OK the House changes.

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