Gov. Kasich May Expand Medicaid Coverage in Ohio Through Executive Order

Governor John Kasich, a Republican, is considering accepting the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion in Ohio through an executive order after the state legislature thwarted his efforts earlier this year. Kasich's office confirmed to reporters that this is one method that the Governor is considering to get things done.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols commented:

“We continue to explore all our options and just want to get this done."

If Kasich decides to go down the executive order route, this is how things would play out: Kasich would expand Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the federal poverty level as prescribed by the ADA through an executive order. Then, on October 21, Kasich would ask a seven-member legislative spending oversight panel for the authority to spend the money that the federal government would provide Ohio to pay for the expansion.

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R) said:

“The governor, I think, has the authority to do that. It’s certainly within his prerogative. I’m a defender of legislative rights, and I would think the better solution would be a legislative option, but the governor does have that authority."

The expansion of Medicaid in Ohio would cover an additional 275,000 people.