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Kasich visits Cleveland Clinic in Medicaid push

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is using one of the nation's best known hospitals to make a final public push for Medicaid expansion before next week's vote by a legislative panel.

The Republican governor is set to visit the Cleveland Clinic on Friday. He will be joined by advocates who support extending Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans under the federal health care law.

The seven-member state Controlling Board is scheduled to vote Monday on Kasich's request to authorize spending federal money on the newly eligible Medicaid enrollees in the state.

The panel includes two Democrats and a Kasich appointee who are expected to favor the request. That leaves the governor in search of a single vote among his fellow Republicans.

The GOP-controlled Legislature has so far resisted Medicaid expansion.

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