Medicaid

Sylvia Burwell
MICHELLE FAUST

This week, Ohio submitted a plan to the federal government that would restructure Medicaid in the state. 

Ohio wants to charge its low-income residents a premium for access to healthcare. Medicaid recipients making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit, would have to contribute 2 percent of their income to a health savings account, capped at $8.25 a month.

John Kasich
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

A conservative think tank that’s been opposed to Medicaid expansion is sounding off on reports that the state may face a billion dollar problem in the next budget, set to be introduced in January. 

Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion included a sales tax on Medicaid managed care organizations, which has brought in a billion dollars in tax revenue and matching federal money.

Picture of Sherrod Brown
U.S SENATE

Northeast Ohioans are being urged to voice their opinions on the proposal to make many residents pay premiums for some state Medicaid services that are now free. Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says residents of this region have not had the same chance to make public comments as people in other parts of the state.

 

Photo of Yuko, Vallangeon and Brown
KAREN KASLER / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

  Opponents of the plan to ask the federal government for permission to charge 1.5 million Medicaid recipients small premiums to stay in the program tried to turn out critics at a public hearing in Cincinnati today. But supporters say the plan will keep costs down and help those recipients be more engaged. 

  Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s concerned about the administrative costs of the plan, and that he feels it’s a GOP effort to shut down Medicaid expansion.

State of Ohio

The state will soon start a process that could allow for controversial changes for about a million Ohioans on Medicaid. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports it’s a long, tough road to getting those changes in place.

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