Rally at the Statehouse to Expand Medicaid
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 05:37 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (AP) -- Thousands of demonstrators are headed to the Ohio Statehouse to ask state lawmakers to extend Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.
The event at noon Thursday follows a decision by Ohio House Republicans to strip the expansion plan from the budget.
Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be eligible for health coverage beginning in 2014 under the expansion, and Ohio would see $13 billion from the federal government over the next seven years to pay for the newly eligible.
Republican House leaders said uncertainty in Washington over rules for the program caused them to reverse course on the expansion, which is backed by GOP Gov. John Kasich.
The rally will bring together doctors, nurses, groups representing the poor and disabled, business owners and others.
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