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Ohio governor defends legislative end-run to expand Medicaid to thousands more in state
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:57 PM EDT
Gov. John Kasich is defending his decision to turn to a legislative spending panel to push through an expansion of Medicaid rather than relying on the full Ohio Legislature.
Kasich said Thursday the board's vote is done and he's moving on try to help a lot of people.
The seven-member Controlling Board approved Kasich's request earlier this month to spend $2.56 billion in federal money to cover thousands more poor families and children with an expansion of Medicaid.
Kasich went to the board after fellow Republican lawmakers blocked him in the Legislature.
Two anti-abortion groups and six GOP lawmakers are suing over the Controlling Board move.