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Medicaid

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor.

That's the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it has become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says the U.S. Senate needs to fix its version of a bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act with bipartisan cooperation.

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A Democratic gubernatorial candidate is proposing a buy-in option making government health care benefits available to the public. 

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An Associated Press analysis shows Medicaid expansion accounted for 43 percent of total Ohio Medicaid spending on substance abuse and mental health treatment.

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The Ohio Senate has approved it's version of the two-year state budget bill.

Nevadans will find out this week whether their state will become the first in the country to allow anyone to buy into Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor and disabled.

Earlier this month, Nevada's legislature, where Democrats hold the majority, passed a "Medicaid-for-all" bill, and it's now on Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval's desk awaiting his signature or veto. If he does not act by Friday, it will automatically become law.

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The Senate has unveiled its version of the two-year state budget.

Republicans in both the House and the Senate are considering big cuts to Medicaid. But those cuts endanger addiction treatment, which many people receive through the government health insurance program.

Nancy and Dan Gapinski of Glendale, Wis., remember a time when they couldn't really communicate with their own son.

"He used to not really have any kinds of conversations with us. He did a lot of echoing things that we said, and scripting from movies," Nancy Gapinski says as she and her husband wait for their son Ben's school bus to arrive. "A lot of times kids didn't know how to respond to him then, and didn't know what he was trying to say and conversations wouldn't really go anywhere."

Ninety percent of people on Medicaid are enrolled in a managed care program.

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The Congressional Budget Office says the Republican bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act will leave 23 million more Americans uninsured.

A new study showshealthcare changes proposed by Congressional Republicans will have a harmful effect on the tax credits and subsidies rural Ohioans receive. 

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For the ninth time in the last ten months, state tax revenues in April came in below estimates.

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U.S. House Democrats say majority Republicans up for re-election next year will face a public backlash if they vote to approve a GOP health care bill today.

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The Ohio House has approved its version of Governor John Kasich's two-year state budget plan.

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A proposal to freeze enrollment under Ohio's Medicaid expansion is gaining traction as a way to get conservative support for the next two-year state budget proposal.

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The Ohio House's state budget proposal includes a new work requirement for the 700 thousand people enrolled in Medicaid.

Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier is a Republican who has been fighting for years to get her colleagues to agree to expand Medicaid.

For years she pushed against what she described as a "Tea Party-ish" Senate and a governor who wouldn't consider the issue. In return for her efforts, she was stripped of her committee assignments and sidelined.

The debate over how many people would lose health insurance under the Republican health care overhaul and its impact on the budget deficit obscures one of the major and most far-reaching effects of the proposal: sweeping changes to Medicaid.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich says he opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act proposed by Congressional Republicans because too many residents will lose coverage.

The proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act could cost Ohio up to 8.5 billion dollars over the next eight years, according to a new study by a statewide research group.

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Both of Ohio's US Senators were concerned about what would happen to the 700 thousand Ohioans enrolled in Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act if the law was repealed.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich is spending the weekend in Washington D.C.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich says he supports repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act but thinks a plan floated by Congressional Republicans to phase out the expanded Medicaid program is a "very bad idea."

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A new report from a group representing 15 health insurers in Ohio says managed care is saving Medicaid millions of dollars.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich released his two year, 66.9 billion dollar state budget proposal yesterday.

The company that runs a Zanesville nursing home has been ordered to repay 129 thousand dollars fraudulently obtained from Medicare and Medicaid.

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Ohio's Governor and two U.S. Senators are weighing in on plans by Congressional Republicans and the incoming Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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The Kasich administration is reporting the state's 2014 Medicaid expansion resulted in a host of health and financial benefits for poor Ohioans.

A new Ohio Department of Health report shows an increase in the state's infant mortality rate, with African-American babies dying at a rate approaching three times that of caucasians.

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