February 4

LeadingAge Ohio Pushes for Expansion of Medicaid in Ohio, Gov. Kasich Agrees

From the Dayton Business Journal.

LeadingAge Ohio issued a statement Thursday saying it “strongly encourages” Governor John Kasich and Ohio lawmakers to include the expansion of Medicaid in the biennial budget.

LeadingAge Ohio is an advocate for approximately 300 not-for-profit long-term care providers throughout the state.

The Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO), The Ohio State University and the Urban and Regional Economic Models Inc. released a nonpartisan study explaining the benefits of Medicaid expansion in Ohio as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Continue reading online via the Dayton Business Journal.

Update, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Ohio to expand Medicaid, despite Gov. John Kasich’s opposition to Obamacare”

According to Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio Governor John Kasich, (R) will accept an Obamacare provision to expand the Medicaid program in his state. Kasich added that he would reverse his decision should the federal government fail to cover the full cost of the expansion, as provided in the law. This means hundreds of thousands of Ohioans will receive expanded care.

“Obamacare is the law of the land for now and Ohio needs work to reduce its impact,” Kasich said.

Medicaid currently covers 2.2 million Ohioans and is the single largest program in the state’s current two-year budget. The coverage costs about $18.7 billion dollars.

The expansion will provide coverage to adults living at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s  an income of just over $15,000 per year for an individual.