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State to Expand Some Medicaid Programs

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will expand some Medicaid programs.

The agency's Scarlet Bouder says planned expansions will provide health care for pregnant women up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level and give medical benefits to children living in foster care until they are 21 years old.

Bouder says the state will also extend benefits to disabled Ohioans in a special work program and to children whose family income is between 200 and 300 percent of the federal poverty level. She says those expansions meet the priorities set forth by Governor Strickland.

The plan to expand Medicaid to provide dental care to some low income adults remains on hold. Governor Strickland is still looking at economic figures and caseload data to determine whether there will be enough money to fund that expansion.