“If we were not to do the Medicaid expansion it might have an negative impact on insurance rates and services could decline not only from hospitals but also other providers in the region,” Bucklew said.
The Associated Press reported the legislative spending panel had to decide for the first time Monday whether to re-authorize state Medicaid spending, including the expansion that now provides health insurance coverage for more than 700,000 low-income adults.
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Four years ago, Kasich allies stacked the panel to win initial approval for the expansion option made possible under the federal Affordable Care Act. He vetoed an attempt this year to freeze it.
However, GOP lawmakers successfully required board approval on all regular Medicaid spending.
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