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As the U.S. Senate prepares to unveil its health care plan, the Ohio Senate is moving with a provision that would stop enrolling a certain group of people into Medicaid. 

Senator Rob Portman says he supports a reduction over time in federal funds for Medicaid expansion.

The Cincinnati-area Republican is taking part in GOP negotiations over an Affordable Care Act replacement. He answered questions about Medicaid during a news conference at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Portman said the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the ACA has helped fund treatment for opioid addiction.

Lawmakers and the Kasich administration have gone back and forth on a budget issue that would change the way people with long term health problems would receive medical care. That provision is still on the table as the Senate works to craft their final draft of the budget bill.

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The Senate has unveiled its version of the two-year state budget. It dedicates even more money for the state to fight the opioid epidemic and includes more money for most schools. But it also comes with spending cuts for state agencies and outright elimination of some programs.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen (from left), House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Governor John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof discuss changes to the state budget.
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The Ohio Senate’s changes to the House version of the upcoming state budget will be released soon. And those changes will be important, since Gov. John Kasich told lawmakers they have to cut $800 million from his initial budget because of falling tax revenues.

For the hundreds of rural hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington D.C. this summer could make survival a lot tougher.

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State senators are considering a proposal to move more of Ohio’s Medicaid population into managed care. And a new study from a group representing health insurance companies in Ohio shows that managed health care for certain people saves money and proves to be more effective.

Updated at 3:02 p.m. ET.

The Trump administration says it can balance the federal budget within a decade. Its proposal calls for significant cuts to social safety net programs and assumes more robust economic growth.

The administration released what it calls a "Taxpayer First" budget on Tuesday.

"This is, I think, the first time in a long time that an administration has written a budget through the eyes of the people who are actually paying the taxes," White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a briefing on Monday.

Texas is seeking permission from the federal government for the return of federal family planning money it lost four years ago. It lost those Medicaid funds after it excluded Planned Parenthood and other clinics affiliated with abortion providers from the state's women's health program.

The American Health Care Act

May 9, 2017
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The American Health Care Act, a bill to potentially replace the Affordable Care Act, passed through the House last Thursday and is currently awaiting its fate in the Senate. The Republican health care bill would eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance, reduce the expansion of Medicaid, implement tax cuts and end income tax-based credits.

Join us today in discussing the effects the new healthcare bill will have if it's approved by the Senate. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 8, 2017
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a draft summary creating a bipartisan panel in charge of drawing state congressional district lines. Nationally, House Republicans have passed Trump's new proposed health-care bill, which moves on to the Senate. If approved by the Senate, Ohio schools could loses millions in Medicaid funding dedicated to special education services. 

Today we discuss the new health-care bill, the shutdown of re-drawing congressional districts and the latest in state and national news with a panel of reporters. 

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When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Republican "American Health Care Act" on Thursday, among the bill's planned changes was an $800 billion cut to national Medicaid funding over the next five years.

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Republicans leaders in the House have rolled out more changes to the state budget bill which includes tougher access to Medicaid expansion money. The final budget vote is expected in the House this week.

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The Ohio House is looking over a new budget proposal that has a fair share of controversial recommendations. One that’s catching the eye of many advocates is a new requirement for the 700,000 people getting Medicaid through the expansion pushed by Gov. John Kasich in 2013.

House Republicans are mulling over new changes to their health care proposal, hoping to wrangle enough votes to pass a bill that would allow them to keep their campaign pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The latest proposal allows states to make changes to the ACA's rules governing health insurance policies and markets, in an effort to allow some states to offer stripped-down policies with lower premiums.

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