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Ohio officials still seeking Medicaid flexibility

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say they are continuing to press the federal government for flexibility on how to implement Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Greg Moody, director of the governor's Office of Health Transformation, says he's encouraged by the discussions with the Obama administration but it's too soon to say the state has worked out what he would call a "final agreement."

One of the ideas Republican Gov. John Kasich has discussed is whether those Ohioans newly eligible for Medicaid under the expansion could instead get private coverage subsidized by Washington. Those low-income individuals would then purchase insurance in the new health insurance market known as the exchange.

Kasich announced his plans to expand Medicaid coverage in his state budget proposal, which still needs legislative approval.

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