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Medicaid backers call on Ohio Legislature to act

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Advocates for extending the Medicaid program to cover more low-income Ohioans are holding events statewide in an effort to keep the issue before state lawmakers.

Republican leaders of the Ohio House scrapped the governor's plans for expanding the federal-state Medicaid program under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Ohio Senate president also has said expansion won't be in his chamber's budget.

Supporters of Medicaid expansion are holding rallies, meetings and other events Monday as part of a "day of action." They want lawmakers to act by June 30 to extend the Medicaid program. The federal government will fully fund the expansion for the first three years, with the state's share gradually increasing to 10% by 2020.

Neither chambers' leaders have indicated a timeline for action on Medicaid changes.

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