Ohio became the 25th state to expand Medicaid on Monday after a controversial 5-2 vote by a little-known legislative panel. Critics are already vowing to challenge the vote in court.
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Ohioans earning less than 138 percent of poverty — $15,415 a year for an individual and $31,809 a year for a family of four — would be eligible for health coverage under Medicaid. Newly eligible Ohioans will soon be able to enroll through their local Department of Jobs and Family Services office or online at benefits.ohio.gov. House Republicans are considering a lawsuit challenging the board’s authority to vote against the “legislative intent” of the General Assembly. Coverage would be delayed while the decision is tied up in the courts.