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Byline: Laura A. Bischoff
May 5--COLUMBUS -- Ohio is on the brink of joining more than 40 other states that allow Medicaid to pay for assisted-living care, but there's a catch.
Ohio's senior citizens on Medicaid may only get their assisted-living care at nursing home facilities, according to pending legislation.
The Ohio House slipped an amendment into the 2,700-page budget bill that would restrict participation in the Medicaid assisted-living program to operators that convert empty nursing home beds or have nursing homes on campus.
"It's not what consumers expect. When you say 'assisted living' to an older adult, they don't think nursing …