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Medicaid expansion plan in Ohio takes another hit

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich's plan to expand health care coverage for low-income Ohioans has been dealt another blow.

A top Republican in the Ohio Legislature says the Senate's version of the state budget won't include the governor's proposed Medicaid expansion.

Senate President Keith Faber said Wednesday that he's pushing for changes to the Medicaid program instead of the wide-ranging expansion plan.

Lawmakers in the Ohio House already had stripped the Medicaid proposal that's a key element of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Kasich proposed going forward with the expansion in his 2-year state budget plan. He says it's a way for the state to recapture Ohio taxpayers' federal money.

Just over 350,000 Ohio residents would be up for coverage if Medicaid expansion goes into place in 2014.

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