medicaid expansion

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The director of Ohio's Medicaid Department, Barbara Sears, stopped in Cincinnati Tuesday to talk about a recently released study on the benefits of Medicaid expansion in the state.

An argument is brewing in the race to become Ohio’s next governor. Medicaid expansion has been a crucial topic in the campaign with both candidates, Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray, taking different approaches to the issue. One piece of the debate is over whether the expansion is sustainable. 

The debate over how the major party candidates for governor feel about Medicaid expansion has launched into an examination of exactly who are the 700,000 Ohioans in that expansion population – and who are not included.

Medicaid expansion approved in Ohio

Oct 22, 2013
Karen Kasler

A legislative panel at the Ohio Statehouse has approved a plan to allow the state to accept $2.5 billion in federal money to be used to expand Medicaid. But the move isn’t doing much to end the fight over the controversial issue.

As expected the Ohio Controlling board voted to expand Medicaid with two Republicans voting for it.  The move allows the state’s Medicaid Director to draw down the money to expand Medicaid and allow 275 thousand low income Ohioans to get on the program. 

Andy Chow

Two Ohio lawmakers are stumping for their plans to revamp Medicaid. Both want to set measures that control the cost, but the disagree when it comes to the big issue of expansion.

As he unveils his plan to overhaul Medicaid, Senator Dave Burke points to a graph showing the program’s costs slowly engulfing the rest of state spending.

“I think one would have a hard time arguing that that’s a stable growth environment for Medicaid. It technically puts the entire system at risk as it nears what eventually could be 100% of the state budget” said Burke.