After pleading with legislators for months in public and behind closed doors, Gov. John Kasich has turned to a panel of six lawmakers and one political appointee to extend Medicaid health coverage to an estimated 275,000 newly eligible Ohioans beginning next year.
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Gov. John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage as part of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes before the seven-member Ohio Controlling Board on Monday. Here are some key facts:
29: Number of states that have either voted to expand Medicaid coverage or are moving in that direction.
275,000: Number of low-income Ohioans expected to benefit.
26,000: Number of military veterans expected to benefit.
138: Percent of poverty level covered through the expansion. That amounts to $15,415 a year for an individual and $31,809 a year for a family of four.
100: Percent of the program costs assumed by the federal government from 2014 through 2016. That figure would be gradually scaled back until 2020, when the federal government pays for 90 percent and the states 10 percent.
The Controlling Board
What it is: A seven-member panel instituted in 1917 to control the state’s checkbook. It consist of a representative from the Office of Budget and Management, chair or vice chair each from the House and Senate finance committees, two members each from the majority and minority parties in the House and Senate.
What it does: The board approves loans and grants made through state agencies, releases for capital construction projects and agency requests beyond what’s included in the state’s two-year budget.
How it works: Requests are submitted to the controlling board and those making a request have an opportunity to explain their case before the panel. Four of seven votes are needed to approve requests.
Why it has jurisdiction: State law prohibits agencies from spending federal money unless the expenditures are approved by the general assembly, controlling board or an executive order from the governor. Law also prohibits the board from taking action that does not carry out the “legislative intent of the General Assembly regarding program goals and levels of support of state agencies as expressed in the prevailing appropriation acts of the general assembly.”
Rep. Ron Amstutz, R-Wooster
Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island
Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville
Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp.
Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron
Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield
Randy Cole, board president and policy advisor to the Office of Budget and Mangement Director Tim Keen