Ohio's Sen. Brown calls on state lawmakers to support continuation of Medicaid expansion



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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling on the Ohio Legislature to support a continuation of Medicaid expansion.

Brown told reporters in a conference call Tuesday that the extension of Medicaid has benefited Ohio and its residents. The safety-net program provides health care to low-income residents.

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) is expected to seek continued support for the expansion. His administration extended Medicaid eligibility to cover more people, as allowed under President Barack Obama's health care law. But Kasich needs legislative approval to continue to fund it after June.

Obama's law calls for Washington to pay the full cost of the expansion through 2016, gradually phasing down to 90 percent.

The expansion's continuance faces uncertainty in the Ohio Legislature. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he remains opposed to it.

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