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Ohio hospitals express concern over budget change

Apr. 12, 2013 @ 01:45 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The head of the Ohio Hospital Association has told state lawmakers they are hindering the state's ability to prosper by dropping the governor's plan to extend Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.

Mike Abrams, the group's president and CEO, told a legislative panel on Friday hospitals are frustrated that the Ohio House stripped Medicaid expansion from its version of the state's two-year 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 Rep. Ron Maag told Abrams he had concerns about furthering the nation's economic woes.

Abrams says he's sympathetic to those arguments, but the law is in place.