By Tricia Bell, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
LIMA, OHIO -
More than two dozen people cheering and chanting outside of the law offices of State Representative Matt Huffman in support of Medicaid expansion. Lima resident Kimberly Alberts says she attended because she can't afford insurance.
"I'm always worried. I'm always stressing out, wondering-- my next visit to the doctor are they going to ask me for the money, or am I going to have to pay straight out?" said Alberts.
The rally is just one of several events being held around the state in support of Medicaid expansion. The goal is to keep the issue before state lawmakers.
However, republican leaders in the Ohio house, including Huffman, have scrapped the governor's plans to expand coverage through the federal-state program.
Janis Sunderhaus of Health Partners of Western Ohio admits that the affordable care act isn't perfect, but she says if the Medicaid plan is scrapped, Ohioans tax dollars will instead be used to pay for expanded services in other states.
The federal government has promised to fully fund the expansion for the first three years with the state's share increasing to 10 percent by 2020.