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Officials overseeing social services in Ohio to testify on governor's spending blueprint

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — State officials who oversee social services in Ohio plan to discuss details about Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) two-year spending plan before a legislative panel.

The directors of Ohio Medicaid and the state's Job and Family Services Department are among those scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Finance Committee on the Medicaid-related provisions of Kasich's budget.

The Republican governor's $72.3 billion budget proposal would continue to fund an expansion of the Medicaid health program. The administration also has said it will seek authority from federal officials to charge a monthly premium to recipients above 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

Another provision in Kasich's budget would direct the state to accept billings for certain Medicaid services from certified home-health care agencies, not independent health aides, nurses or other providers.

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