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.
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.