Medicaid

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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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Gov. John Kasich has been gaining national attention for criticizing the health-care proposal coming from Congressional Republicans, especially when it comes to cutting Medicaid coverage. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, Kasich says there’s not much he and other state leaders could do if those cuts happen.

The health-care cuts proposed by Republican U.S. House leaders and backed by President Donald Trump would eventually terminate Medicaid expansion and change the way tax credits are doled out.

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Gov. John Kasich heads to Washington, D.C., later this week to meet with President Trump. One of the things they are likely to talk about is what will become of the Medicaid expansion part of the Affordable Care Act.

Office of Health Transformation Director Greg Moody says Kasich wants Trump to make sure states like Ohio that have expanded Medicaid will get the federal money to continue that expansion. But Moody acknowledges there are no guarantees at this point.

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A new report from a group representing 15 health insurers operating in Ohio says managed-care is saving Medicaid a lot of money. Miranda Motter is the CEO of the Ohio Association of Health Plans. She says the report looked at costs from 2013 to 2015, and compared managed-care costs versus what would have been paid out under traditional fee-for-service plans.

“When you look at that two-year period of time, the savings was about $2.5 to $3.2 billion in lower costs.

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Though Republicans are working to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Ohio's Republican U.S. Senator says there’s no reason for those who depend on it to worry. 

Rob Portman was among some moderate Senate Republicans who backed an amendment to slow down a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. He now says repeal and replacement of key components can happen simultaneously.

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