OH gov: who pays a worry on Medicaid expansion

ANN SANNER Associated Press Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says a top concern for him in weighing a possible Medicaid expansion is whether the state can trust the federal government to continue picking up the bulk of program costs.

The Republican governor is expected to say Monday whether he'll opt to cover more low-income adults in the federal-state program under President Barack Obama's health care law. He plans to release the decision along with his two-year budget proposal.

Kasich says he views his Medicaid expansion decision separately from what he referred to as "Obamacare." The governor says he opposes Obama's health care overhaul -- including its mandate for almost everyone to obtain health insurance.

Kasich spoke Thursday during a legislative preview session for journalists organized by The Associated Press.