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Ohio panel hears details on Medicaid projections

Published: Tue, August 13, 2013 @ 3:05 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — Projections showing that Ohio could save state and federal dollars by expanding Medicaid are just one part of a fact-finding process for state lawmakers debating changes to the health program, a key Republican lawmaker said today.

State Sen. Dave Burke, who chairs a Senate Medicaid subcommittee, said the recent analysis indicates that curbing the cost growth of Medicaid to a certain rate is feasible, even when more people are enrolled.

“Crafting policy about how we get there is where the cantankerous issues come up,” said Burke, a Marysville Republican.

State lawmakers have been trying to find common ground on Medicaid since Republican Gov. John Kasich proposed an extension of the federal-state program in February. GOP leaders pulled it from the state budget, and the issue has yet to gain traction in the Legislature.

Some Republicans legislators say they fear being stuck with long-term costs of Medicaid expansion and are leery of expanding government programs.

Burke and Sen. Capri Cafaro of Liberty, D-32nd, asked the Health Policy Institute of Ohio to compare Medicaid spending without expansion at its current growth rate, with spending that could occur under the expansion at a yearly rate that’s similar to an average cost of medical inflation.


1oldstown(198 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Medicaid is the greatest work-to-welfare program the liberal nanny state ever hatched.

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2gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Your an idiot! The main thing these rescumlicans are worried about is if it works. Every other,thing these people have predicted was going to happen has never occurred. They said the stock market would crash, unemployment was going to soar, the auto industry and banking was going to fail. The best thing that has occurred from these rescumlicans is because their congressmen and senators have sat on their hands they haven't been able to damage,anything. Keep up the no work, it's working!

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