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Lawsuit challenges expansion of Ohio Medicaid program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - One day after the Ohio Controlling Board approved an expansion of the state Medicaid program, six Republican legislators and two Right to Life organizations are challenging the way the expansion was enacted.

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

The move expands Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level, making about 275,000 more people eligible for benefits.

The suit asks the Ohio Supreme Court to decide if the Executive Branch of government can make a policy change administratively  "not only without a vote of the Ohio General Assembly, but over the objections of the General Assembly"

The suit was filed against the State of Ohio Controlling Board and The Ohio Department of Medicaid.

The plaintiffs named in the suit are Cleveland Right to Life, Inc., Ohio State Representative Ron Young, Ohio State Representative Matt Lynch, Ohio State Representative Andy Thompson, Ohio State Representative Ron Hood, Ohio State Representative Ron Maag, Ohio State Representative John Becker, and Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

To view the lawsuit, follow this link.



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