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Senate passes Ohio's $65 million proposed state budget

Ohio Senate sets vote on $65B budget with Medicaid limits (Photo: Alexander Smith)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Ohio Senate passed the state budget Wednesday, meaning the proposal will now head into compromise talks.

The $65 billion, two-year spending blueprint cleared the Senate, 24-8, after several hours of debate and efforts by minority Democrats to turn back limits on Medicaid expansion and a new work requirement for recipients of the government health care benefit.

The Senate plan calls for extending Medicaid expansion for one year. After July 1, 2018, no new enrollees would be accepted to the program covering some 700,000 poor adult Ohioans -- and those who dropped off the program by finding better employment could not re-enroll.

Republicans argued the change would allow the state time to see what happens to health care in Washington, where congressional Republicans are working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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