Medicaid

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DAN KONIK / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The Ohio House is looking over a new budget proposal that has a fair share of controversial recommendations. One that’s catching the eye of many advocates is a new requirement for the 700,000 people getting Medicaid through the expansion pushed by Gov. John Kasich in 2013.

The House version of the state budget says those who want to qualify for Medicaid under the expanded coverage would have to be 55 or older, have “intensive health care needs,” be in school, be participating in an alcohol or drug addiction treatment program, or have a job.

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CONNOR PERRETT

Some 700,000 Ohioans are covered under the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and Gov. John Kasich continues to push for the federal government to continue the expansion in any future health care reform. But he’s also argues that states should have flexibility.  

That could mean thousands of very poor people might lose Medicaid coverage.

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Dan Konik / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Parents of children with serious medical conditions are pleading with state leaders to keep funding intact for a program that helps pay for treatment. 

Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget calls for changes to the Children with Medical Handicaps, the agency that provides funding for children with serious illnesses. Randi Clites of Ravenna has a son who suffers from hemophilia, cancer and bleeding of the brain. She worries about the proposal to move the program from the Health to the Medicaid department.

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Protestors staged an all-day demonstration outside the Cleveland office of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman yesterday.  They were calling on the Republican senator to oppose the congressional plan to replace Obamacare. 

A handful of protesters showed up late in the morning outside of Portman’s office. It was one of several nationwide at the Senate and House district offices of other senators and members of Congress. Protestor Fran Calafatis says Portman holds an important vote.

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DAN KONIK / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The proposal from Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would dramatically cut funding to Medicaid, and Medicaid expansion in particular. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that’s the looming issue as lawmakers try to move forward with the state budget.

A report by the Center for Community Solutions claims Ohio could lose as much as $2 billion a year in Medicaid expansion funding.

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