New Ohio program aimed at better Medicaid service

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The state is partnering with six universities as part of a new program aimed at training students and health care professionals to better serve Ohio's Medicaid population.

Medicaid provides coverage for the poor though state and federal funding.

The state's Medicaid director on Monday said Ohio had secured almost $2 million in federal funds for the initiative this budget year and more than $8 million for next fiscal year.

The funds will train more than 1,000 students, residents and practitioners, who will then work at clinics in neighborhoods that need doctors and other health care professionals.

The initiative includes health-training programs at the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo and Wright State University.