As of August, 367,395 Ohioans had signed up for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion surpassing Governor Kasich’s projected enrollment number (366,000) for July 2015 ten months early.  

Meanwhile, in mid-September, Kasich told the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board that he will push to get the state legislature to re-authorize Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion during the next biennial budget cycle.

The Enquirer wrote,

“Ohio also might see some savings from accepting federal money to expand Medicaid to more Ohioans, he (Kasich) said. But the administration has backed off its initial projection of hundreds of millions of dollars in savings from expanding Medicaid in 2013.”

“The state’s seven-person Controlling Board last fall authorized Medicaid expansion through mid-2015. So Kasich may have to battle conservative lawmakers next year in an effort to accept the money for the coming years.”

“‘We could be challenged on Medicaid,’ he acknowledged, ‘but I think we’ll get it done.’”

The Governor appears confident Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion will be reauthorized. And why shouldn’t he? President Obama has his Executive Orders. Governor Kasich has his Controlling Board.

Ohio Department of Medicaid’s caseload report can be found HERE.