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A jug of used needles to exchange in Camden, N.J., on Oct. 29, 2015.
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Heroin users in Ohio can have a harder time getting treatment when on Medicaid, a new study found.

If you're poor or low-income in the U.S. and use government safety net programs, you could be affected by a number of new rules and actions proposed by the Trump administration. Most of the changes are still pending, and anti-poverty groups are trying to stop them from going into effect. Some of the proposals already face legal challenges.

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The House budget made no big moves on Medicaid or Medicaid expansion – which is a departure from the last budget, as lawmakers created restrictions and former Gov. John Kasich vetoed many of them.

More than 500 people gathered at the Ohio Statehouse Thursday to pressure lawmakers to boost funding for support services for those with developmental disabilities.

The event was organized by the nonprofit group Bridge to Equality, which advocates for people with developmental disabilities.

Bridge to Equality CEO Mark Schlater says thousands of disabled people rely on aides known direct service professionals, or DSPs, to live their everyday lives.

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Federal regulators have asked the state to work on resolving its backlog of more than 70,000 applications from poor and disabled Ohioans seeking Medicaid benefits, according to the state's Medicaid director.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton (right) and Gov. Mike DeWine discuss welness initatives that DeWine wants to implement for Medicaid recipients.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is revealing more about the wellness initiatives that he wants to implement for the 2.8 million people on Medicaid in Ohio, including the 677,000 enrolled in Medicaid expansion.

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A national survey finds LGBTQ Midwesterners and their families are more likely to receive public assistance than non-LGBTQ people.

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A U.S. District Court judge has thrown out Medicaid work requirements in two states, saying they are “arbitrary and capricious.”  Ohio is now reviewing its plan to impose work requirements on recipients of Medicaid expansion, which was just approved by the federal government two weeks ago.

For a second time in nine months, the same federal judge has struck down the Trump administration's plan to force some Medicaid recipients to work to maintain benefits.

As of last Friday, the state has federal permission to require 20 hours of work per week for many non-disabled people on Medicaid expansion.  The state’s Medicaid director has put a number on how many people might be affected – and how much it might cost to put those requirements in place.

Ohio Senator Matt Huffman wants to raise the Medicaid work requirement from 50 to 65.
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The federal government says Ohio can require non-disabled Medicaid expansion recipients to work 20 hours a week unless they’re caregiving, in job training or college or over 50-years-old. One state lawmaker is disappointed, because he wanted that age limit to be higher.

Maureen Corcoran is sworn in as Ohio Medicaid director by Gov. Mike DeWine in January.
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Ohio's new Medicaid director is taking the helm as the department faces multiple questions about its future.

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The group that represents Ohio’s Medicaid health plans says their managed care process has saved the state about $2.2 billion a year over the last two years. Critics say there are several improvements that can still be made.

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Ohio is among 15 states that have asked the federal government for permission to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Ohio’s request would cover people up to age 50, but a state senator has proposed a bill that would go further.

Ohio lawmakers are scheduled to come back to the Statehouse on Thursday to possibly override some of Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes over the two-year session. But legislative leaders say they might steer clear of Medicaid expansion, a decision that could spare health insurance for 400,000 Ohioans.

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