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Sides debate court timing in Ohio Medicaid dispute

By Ann Sanner
Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Attorneys for the state say there’s no need for the Ohio Supreme Court to rush its consideration of a lawsuit over Medicaid expansion.

Two anti-abortion groups and six Republican lawmakers are suing Ohio after a legislative panel cleared the way for Gov. John Kasich’s administration to spend federal dollars to cover more people in the Medicaid health program.

In a court filing Tuesday, state Solicitor Eric Murphy says the plaintiffs don’t properly justify their request to speed up the case in a manner similar to election cases.

The plaintiffs argue such speed is warranted because expanded Medicaid coverage takes effect Jan. 1.

Murphy says Ohio is open to a “reasonable” timeline.

At issue is whether Ohio’s Controlling Board thwarted the intent of the Legislature when it approved the funding.


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