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Valley Democrats praise Ohio Medicaid expansion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Valley lawmakers are applauding the state Controlling Board's decision to approve funding for Medicaid expansion in Ohio.

The move expands Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level.

Republican Governor John Kasich put the question before the controlling board after the GOP-controlled legislature failed to act on the expansion.

State Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown) issued a statement saying, "Today's actions by the Controlling Board pave the way for the working poor to have access to quality healthcare – an unequivocally positive development." 

State Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) released a statement saying, "It should not have been this hard and taken this long to do the right thing.  Fortunately, a majority on the State Controlling Board saw the wisdom in expanding healthcare coverage in Ohio to end a frustrating legislative stalemate."

Hagan says that Medicaid expansion will provide healthcare coverage for more than 275,000 low-income citizens and create some 28,000 new jobs in our state.

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