COLUMBUS - An estimated 2,500 demonstrators have assembled at the Ohio Statehouse to urge state lawmakers to extend Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.
Thursday's rally follows a decision by Ohio House Republicans to strip the expansion plan from the budget.
Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be eligible for health coverage beginning in 2014 under the expansion, and Ohio would see $13 billion from the federal government over the next seven years to pay for the newly eligible.
Health care providers, uninsured Ohioans, business owners and others clutched umbrellas and signs supporting expansion as they gathered under rainy skies outside the Capitol.
Republican House leaders said uncertainty in Washington over rules for the program caused them to reverse course on the expansion, which is backed by GOP Gov. John Kasich.