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Ohio Ballot Board to review Medicaid proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio panel is expected to decide Thursday whether a proposal to expand Medicaid contains one or multiple issues.

The state Ballot Board's decision is the latest step for backers of extending the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled. Their campaign could put the issue before voters next year.

Once the proposal clears the board, the group Healthy Ohioans Work can start gathering the roughly 116,000 signatures needed in their campaign.

The General Assembly would then have four months to act on the proposed law. If legislators pass, amend or take no action, then a supplemental petition may be circulated to get the issue before Ohio voters in November 2014.

Supporters say they would rather have the Legislature pass Medicaid expansion than to put the issue before voters.

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