Daily Kos: Ohio Medicaid expansion approved

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I and Millions of other Ohioans thank Governor Kasich and the Ohio Controlling Board for using reason and compassion in giving low-income workers needed medical coverage. We congratulate the Governor and the Controlling Board for putting concerns of the health and welfare of Ohioans above the all mighty dollar.  Sixty three percent of Ohioans support Medicaid expansion. The Chamber of Commerce, Hospitals and Physicians’ Groups support expansion. With the approval of spending funds for Medicaid expansion, Thousands of hard working Ohioans will have access to medical care.  Medicaid expansion will be good for workers seeking medical treatment. It will be good for the community and good for the economy. Left behind are fabricated fears of an increased deficit and scare tactics that federal government will eventually drop funding.  Kasich and the Control Board walked in the shoes of uninsured low-income workers. They understand the pain of untreated medical conditions. Although charities and community medical clinics offer help, they don’t scratch the surface in meeting the healthcare needs of the working poor. The uninsured using emergency rooms and hospitalization services means hospitals go unpaid increasing hospital and taxpayer costs. With Medicaid expansion individuals will have access to outpatient healthcare. Hospitals will see huge savings. Terrible medial conditions resulting in disabilities will be prevented.  No longer will workers need to make choices among putting food on the table, making a house payment, paying utilities or seeing a doctor. Medicaid expansion will offer medical services for those needing help for addictions. Currently, individuals who abuse substances are on lengthy waiting lists for detoxification and residential treatment. Others are in jail and cannot receive the level of care needed to treat their disease.   Representative Sprague, investigating the Opioid Abuse epidemic in Ohio, should be pleased funding will be available improving and creating new services. Medicaid expansion can help defuse the Opioid abuse epidemic facing the State. Our school-aged children and our community can be safer. Medicaid expansion is priceless. It will save and improve lives of those suffering from untreated medical conditions. Kasich and the Controlling Board did the right and moral thing.
Source: dailykos.com

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Ohio OKs Obamacare Medicaid expansion

Few Republicans, save perhaps Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, fought harder for expansion than Kasich. He’s a fiscal conservative and the former chairman of the House Budget Committee, but he’s crisscrossed his state all year, imploring Republican lawmakers to reconsider their hard-line anti-Obamacare stances and accept the federal funding to cover the state’s poor. But neither his moral nor his economic arguments won over GOP lawmakers.
Source: politico.com

Daily Kos: Ohio governor might expand Medicaid with executive order

Ohio’s John Kasich has been one of the handful of Republican governors who wants to ease state budget problems by taking the Medicaid expansion funds available under Obamcare. And like most of those governors, he’s been wrestling with the state’s Republican legislature. One way out of the impasse he’s exploring is an executive order, authorized by the state’s seven-member legislative-spending oversight panel. “The governor, I think, has the authority to do that,” said Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina. “It’s certainly within his prerogative. I’m a defender of legislative rights, and I would think the better solution would be a legislative option, but the governor does have that authority.”
Source: dailykos.com

Ohio Workers Urge Rep. Rick Perales to Support Permanent Medicaid Expansion

At 9:40 am, Monday, November 25th, Working America members and activists will gather at a press conference to urge Ohio State Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beaver Creek) to support a permanent expansion of Medicaid in Ohio. While the Ohio controlling board extended Medicaid through July 2015, legislative action will be needed to make the expansion permanent.
Source: workingamerica.org

Affordable Care Act: Ohio Expands Medicaid

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Source: webmd.com

Ohio moves on Medicaid Expansion

But the new opportunity brings challenges of its own, she says. Across the system, “we’ve got to get geared up, because we haven’t had the money to support greater access to services,” she continues. But actually strengthening or expanding service capabilities will take time for Ohio’s providers and depend on a sustained boost in available treatment dollars after years of cutbacks. She believes that with access to primary care through the expansion, “we’ll have healthier people overall, better able to overcome their problems. With fewer emergencies due to better care, we believe that we can help keep people stable and out of the hospital.”
Source: behavioral.net

Prominent Dem, in SW Ohio visit, says he admires Kasich’s Medicaid stance

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Source: cincinnati.com

Changes in Ohio Medicaid Coming Next January

reports that dual-eligible patients are seen as a $300 billion opportunity for managed care firms. Because Ohio is pushing to start better coordinating care for dual-eligible patients, dropped insurers will likely lose a piece of that pie. Streamlining the selection of managed care organizations available should help, in turn, streamline processes for dual-eligible patients, who often encounter difficultly in coordinating coverage with both Medicaid and Medicare services, says Jim Ashmore, performance improvement section chief for Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services (HCJFS). ODJFS reports that the new providers were selected using a fair, through and open application process that was “based on applicants’ past performance in coordinating care and providing high-quality health outcomes.” Although the changes are generally perceived as a positive move forward, service providers, including doctors and health centers, acknowledge that the disruption in services could cause serious confusion when recipients are forced to find new providers and obtain new Medicaid cards. In Kentucky, the three private managed care companies which provided Medicaid services to more than 500,000 patients have received an influx of care-related complaints, including inefficiency in authorizing services and payment issues.  Ashmore challenges the notion that the transition will be a bumpy one, noting patients have little to worry about: When the transition is made, everyone will likely receive an enrollment package in the mail that will outline steps to switch over new care providers.
Source: citybeat.com

Governor Kasich Violates Ohio Constitution in Medicaid Expansion Push

Medicaid has been repeatedly proven to be a poorly run and ineffective program. Medicaid recipients do not see improvements in their physical health and Medicaid patients who undergo surgery are also at a greater risk than those without insurance. I could go on about how Medicaid will actually cost more for the states that have expanded it under the new health care law or that there is no guarantee that the federal government will keep its promise to reimburse states at 90-100% of their added costs, but I really want to focus on the shady tactics Kasich used to expand Medicaid.
Source: freedomworks.org

Will Ohio Medicaid Savings End Up as Tax Cut for the Rich?

Widener’s plan is doubly irresponsible. First, the Medicaid expansion isn’t a done deal, so the revenue to pay for a tax cut may never materialize. Secondly, legislative staff has estimated the cost of the  proposed tax cut at more than $500 million by the end of the next fiscal year—substantially more than the $404 million Ohio could see from Medicaid expansion. The tax cut Widener proposed would also disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Ohioans. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s (ITEP) analysis of the tax cut proposal in this Policy Matters Ohio (PMO) report found that Ohioans in the top 1 percent of the income spectrum would receive an average state tax cut of $1,437 a year. Middle-income families would get an average of $28, and the poorest twenty percent of Ohioans would see a tax cut averaging $1.
Source: ctj.org

Opponents Of Medicaid Expansion Want Funds Voided

The groups and state representatives are suing the state Controlling Board and Ohio’s Department of Medicaid over last month’s decision. They want the Ohio Supreme Court to order the panel to declare its decision as void and stop Medicaid officials from using the board’s approval to move forward with covering more people under the health program.
Source: 10tv.com

Why Ohio's Medicaid Expansion Is Such a Big Win For Obamacare

And the success of the Medicaid expansion in states that accept it could well end up offering an instructive counterpoint to the difficulties being experienced so far by the exchanges. Put simply, it’s much easier to expand coverage via a government-run insurance program like Medicaid or Medicare (even if the program in turn contracts with private insurance plans, as Medicaid often does) than to try to do so with people individually choosing coverage on a marketplace of private plans. This is exactly why smart and intellectually honest conservatives Ross Douthat are feeling more discomfiture than schadenfreude over the early woes of the private-sector-based exchanges. If the exchanges are struggling after a year or two (or if an under-the-radar legal challenge that suffered an initial setback today succeeds in eviscerating them), it’s going to be hard not to notice that coverage—in the states that accepted the Medicaid expansion—extended by bigger numbers via that route. And for elected officials who think that helping people get health insurance is a good thing—including the rare Republican like John Kasich—it’s going to be hard not to draw certain conclusions from that.
Source: newrepublic.com

Daily Kos: Right to Life chapters sue to prevent Medicaid expansion in Ohio

several years now and also know MCD varies from state to state but I thought MCD did not cover abortions except in 3 narrow cases, namely rape, incest, and endangerment of the mother’s life (under the most recent version of the Hyde Amendment). This means, if I am reading things correctly, their opposition to providing healthcare to 275,000 residents of the state.  There were 25243 abortions by state residents in 2012. http://www.odh.ohio.gov/… I cannot find the stats for how much of Ohio MCD funds go for abortion services but my search engine is clogged with anti-abortion sites including such claims as MCD reimburses $9K for late term abortions, encouraging docs to not do early terminations or claims MCD pays $16K for terminating Downs children, pushing the euthanasia meme.  At the same time, I am very curious to exactly how much the state pays annually for termination of pregnancies vs the amount the state and healthcare providers pay in terms of uncompensated care and acute care which could have been treated much earlier at a much cheaper cost.  I am also wondering how many indigent residents will die if the insurance roll out is delayed vs the number of “babies” this lawsuit will supposedly save.
Source: dailykos.com

Laura Ingraham: Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion Is So Gay

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Source: thedailybanter.com

Medicaid Provider Owes Ohio Medicaid $181,000

The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.
Source: fayetteadvocate.com