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Democrat Pushes New Bill To Reform and Expand Medicaid

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A Democratic state senator says politics are holding up Medicaid expansion and reform, so she’s proposing a bill that she says will force the issue. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on a Medicaid reform bill that also puts up 500 million dollars to expand the low-income health insurance program.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Democratic Sen. Capri Cafaro has been working on a bipartisan reform measure. But she says she had to introduce this reform and expansion bill because she doesn’t think Republican leaders are seriously discussing Medicaid because of fears of challenges from the right in next year’s primary.

Cafaro: “Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans lives hang in the balance simply because they are part of a population that is caught straight in the cross hairs of political marksmanship.”

But Republican Senate President Keith Faber says the ideas and numbers in Cafaro’s bill are still being vetted, and that the existing reform bill and the process are bipartisan.

Faber: “But if it seems she’s taken a turn to want to make this about politics, then maybe her participation should be more suspect.”

Faber says hearings will start next week on the existing reform bill, which does not include expansion, and a vote could come by early fall.

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