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Ohio expands Medicaid access

According to the Columbus Dispatch, a legislative oversight panel approved federal funding to expand Medicaid in Ohio on Monday, granting access to some 275,000 low-income Ohioans.

The approval comes after months of debate and after Republican Governor John Kasich, rebuffed by the Republican-controlled state legislature, decided to turn to veto the legislature's banning of the expansion and seek its approval through the state's seven-member Controlling Board instead.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Medicaid will become available as of January 1, 2014 to any Ohioans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, "about $16,000 for a single-person household."

Some conservatives in the legislature are threatening to sue over Kasich's move, however, describing it as an over-reach that goes against the will of the state's sole legislative authority.

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