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Ohio Adopts Medicaid Expansion

Ohio became the 25th state to expand its Medicaid program to cover poor parents and low adults with incomes less than 138% of the federal poverty level  (a bit less than $16,000 for an individual, $32,000 for a family of four). Governor John Kasich (R. Ohio) bypassed the state legislature and secured approval on a 5-2 bipartisan vote from the State’s Controlling Board, the fiscal watchdog of the state’s finances. About 275,000 uninsured low income Ohioans will be covered by the expansion. The state’s Chamber of Commerce and Association of Manufacturers supported the expansion. Conservative groups are threatening to sue to block the expansion.

“I’m so proud of this bi-partisan vote in my home state,” said Lucien Wulsin, ITUP’s Executive Director.

So are we, Lucien. So are we.

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