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Ohio behavioral health groups make pitch for continuing Medicaid expansion, point to successes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A coalition of behavioral health groups say an extension of Medicaid has benefited low-income Ohioans living with mental health disorders and addictions, and lawmakers should continue it.

The Coalition of Health Communities on Tuesday shared what it viewed as success stories from the Medicaid expansion, citing cases in which residents otherwise would not have had coverage to help pay for treating their addictions or mental health disorders.

The federal-state Medicaid program provides health care to low-income residents.

In 2013, Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) expanded Medicaid eligibility to cover more people, as allowed under President Barack Obama's health care law. The governor needs legislative approval to continue to fund it after June.

Kasich is expected to seek continued support for the expansion. He's to unveil his budget proposal Feb. 2.

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