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Board likely to approve Medicaid expansion

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio legislative panel is set to consider whether to allow federal money to be spent on expanding Medicaid.

People lined the hearing room to await the decision Monday. More people sat in the Statehouse atrium to hear the vote.

Ohio recently got approval from the federal government to extend Medicaid eligibility. However, Gov. John Kasich's administration needs legislative sign-off to spend federal dollars on newly eligible residents.

Medicaid expansion is a key component of the federal health overhaul. The U.S. government promises to pay for the expansion for three years and for 90 percent of it after that.

Kasich has pushed for Medicaid expansion. But the Republican-controlled Legislature has balked, so Kasich turned to the Controlling Board.

The seven-member board handles certain adjustments to the state budget.

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