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Q&A: Impact of the health care overhaul in Ohio


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials have noted their continued misgivings about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, while taking steps to tailor the law.

New insurance markets called exchanges will open this fall in each state. Ohio has opted for a so-called partnership with the federal government to run the exchange.

Under the proposal, the state would continue to regulate health plans on or off the exchange and would make decisions around Medicaid eligibility. But the federal government would operate the exchange.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has yet to decide on another key part of the law: whether to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income people. He's expected to make his plans known when he unveils the state budget next month.

More than 1.5 million Ohioans are uninsured, or about 14%.

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