By Ann Sanner
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.