Medicaid expansion backers eye Ohio ballot effort - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Medicaid expansion backers eye Ohio ballot effort

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Backers of Medicaid expansion in Ohio have started to gather initial signatures to get the issue before voters should the Legislature not act.

Jon Allison of the Ohio Alliance for Health Transformation says a formal announcement about the campaign is expected next week. The Columbus Dispatch first reported the signature gathering.

He says his coalition of diverse advocates would prefer the Legislature pass an extension of the federal-state Medicaid program.

Lawmakers have been trying to find common ground on whether to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income people. Republican leaders pulled it from the state budget in April, and the issue has yet to gain traction.

The House speaker recently said his chamber wouldn't be ready to take any action on Medicaid by October, but more likely by year's end.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.