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DeWine Reviewing Options After Biden Denies Medicaid Work Requirements

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

While health care advocates are celebrating a decision by the feds to deny Ohio's Medicaid work requirements, they say there are other hurdles on the horizon for those using the program. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Steve Wagner of the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio says Ohio's requirement for unemployed Medicaid recipients to show they're trying to get a job or volunteering created extra administrative hurdles that would've led to people losing coverage.

"Coercing people into finding jobs by trying to take away their health care doesn't do it."

Gov. Mike DeWine, who said the Biden Administration's decision is "extremely disappointing," can still appeal the decision.

But Wagner warns of another concern as the state prepares to redetermine the eligibility of every current Medicaid. Wagner says that could lead to accidentally kicking eligible people out of the program.

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