Feds deny problematic Healthy Ohio Medicaid proposal
On Friday the federal government denied the state’s request to impose premiums and other costs on Medicaid enrollees, called “Healthy Ohio.” Based on concerns outlined by PCSAO and other advocacy groups, the decision helped preserve health care for hundreds of thousands of struggling Ohioans, including former foster youth.
Medicaid is the largest insurer serving people in the state, providing health care to a quarter of Ohioans who otherwise could not afford coverage. PCSAO’s criticism of the proposal rested in part on the inability of many foster alums to afford such premiums.
The Ohio legislature supported the Administration’s “Healthy Ohio” proposal, under which the state would have imposed premiums and other costs on Medicaid enrollees and banned those who could not pay from coverage until they had paid arrearages.