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More than 150,000 Ohioans to get Medicaid again after settlement

More than 150,000 poor Ohioans will regain tax-funded Medicaid health coverage under a settlement on Tuesday of a lawsuit against the state.

Details of the deal were released a week after a court hearing was canceled because an agreement had been reached. The dispute focused on how the Ohio Department of Medicaid conducted an annual process to determine whether beneficiaries remain eligible for the government health coverage.

The agreement “will result in hundreds of thousands of individuals around the state maintaining the coverage they are eligible to receive under the law and being able to seek the medical care they need, without worrying about racking up medical bills or having to forgo other necessities,” said Kathleen McGarvey, deputy director of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of several former beneficiaries.

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

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