Failure Of Graham-Cassady Bill Leaves Ohioans Worried About Fate Of Medicaid Expansion

Sep 28, 2017

Faye Childs of Columbus fears she would lose coverage if she goes back to work and the expansion is frozen.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

There are renewed fears state lawmakers will freeze Medicaid expansion  now that latest GOP attempt to overhaul the Affordable Care Act has died.

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The last time the House considered holding a vote to freeze Medicaid expansion through a veto override, Republican leaders said they would wait to see what kind of changes Congress might make on federal health care.


Faye Childs of Columbus who’s battling a rare form of cancer, is concerned that the issue is back on the table in the Statehouse and could threaten her coverage.


Childs: “Anytime my health care is being weighed on as an option when it’s not an option, it’s a necessity for me every waking moment and even every sleeping moment.”


Childs is covered under regular Medicaid, but fears she would need the expansion when she goes back to work.


Governor John Kasich vetoed the Medicaid expansion freeze in the budget. The House could take up an override vote as early as mid-October.