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Ohio GOP Lawmakers Among Those Suing to Stop Medicaid Expansion
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Ken Hines) -- Just 24 hours after the Ohio Controlling Board voted to expand Medicaid in the state, a lawsuit has been filed to block the change from taking effect.
Late Monday afternoon, the Controlling Board voted 5 to 2 to expand Medicaid to approximately 300,000 thousand Ohioans.
The expansion is heavily supported by Governor John Kasich, but opposed by dozens of legislators from his own party.
Unable to gain approval through the legislature, Kasich took the matter to the members of the Controlling Board for passage.
But several Republican legislators, along with other interested parties, are now challenging the board's authority to approve the expansion via a lengthy lawsuit filed with the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Medicaid expansion had been scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014. It is not yet clear what, if any, impact this lawsuit have on that starting date.