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Ohio Tax Collections Up, But So Are Medicaid Caseloads

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After three months of declines, Ohio took in 8 percent more in taxes than the Office of Budget and Management estimated, though much of that is connected to the delay of the tax deadline to July 15. But there was a different kind of growth in the state’s July report that could… Read More

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Ohio Medicaid Seeks Ideas for Improving Patient Experiences

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Medicaid department is asking for input from companies and organizations familiar with the program on how to improve the experience of patients. A formal request for information released Tuesday outlines the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s vision for reimagining the program. The request is specifically directed at providers, associations, advocacy groups,… Read More

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Waiver Gives Ohio More Options in Treating Opioid Addiction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The federal government is allowing Ohio more flexibility in what services it can provide to Medicaid patients addicted to opioids. The expanded options are coming through a substance use disorder demonstration waiver that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved. Gov. Mike DeWine says the waiver will help the… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Gov. Mike DeWine and OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks

Governor: Ohio Medicaid Lead Abatement Plan Gets Federal OK

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio’s Department of Medicaid has received federal approval for its plan to enhance and expand Medicaid’s lead abatement program. DeWine said in a release Tuesday that the Children’s Health Insurance Program initiative was recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He says that means… Read More

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Feds Announce $17M Settlement with Health Care Firm in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say they’ve reached a $17 million settlement with a health care company accused of Medicaid fraud in West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the civil settlement with Acadia on Monday, saying it’s the largest health care fraud settlement in state history. Stuart says Acadia, though its subsidiary CRC… Read More

Ohio Medicaid Wellness Initiatives To Include Quitting Smoking

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Gov. Mike DeWine is revealing more about the wellness initiatives that he wants to implement for the 2.8 million people on Medicaid in Ohio, including the 677,000 in Medicaid expansion. DeWine says he’ll make quitting smoking one of his Medicaid wellness initiatives. “If we can help them get healthier, it’s going to be better for… Read More

Ohio Gets Go-Ahead For Work Requirements For Medicaid Expansion

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The federal government says Ohio can join the eight other states that have been given permission to impose work requirements on people in Medicaid expansion. When it’s implemented, recipients who aren’t over 50, disabled or caregivers will have to prove they’re working 20 hours a week, or are in job training or college, or doing… Read More

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State Saved $4.4B According To Report From Health Plans

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The group that represents Ohio’s Medicaid health plans says their managed care process is saving the state about $2.2 billion a year. But critics say there are several improvements that can still be made. Miranda Motter, president/CEO of the Ohio Association of Health Plans, says the report outlines how the private health plans provide accountability, quality care and… Read More

Senator Sponsors Bill To Require 20-Hour Workweek For More Medicaid Recipients

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Ohio is among 15 states that have asked the federal government for permission to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Ohio’s request would cover people up to age 50, but a state senator has proposed a bill that would go further. The bill sponsored by Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) would require 20 hours of work per… Read More

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Kentucky Delays Start Time for Some New Medicaid Rules

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – State officials in Kentucky have delayed the start of some new eligibility rules for a portion of its Medicaid population. Kentucky is one of 36 states to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act to cover more people. President Donald Trump’s administration gave Kentucky permission to require those people… Read More

Benefit Cuts Announced In Kentucky Following Medicaid Ruling

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says dental and vision coverage is being cut for nearly a half-million Kentuckians due to a ruling that rejected the state’s Medicaid overhaul plan. The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the cuts in coverage are an “unfortunate consequence” of the federal judge’s ruling last… Read More

Providers In Medicaid Redesign Say ‘Rapid Response’ Isn’t Rapid

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On Sunday, the state will officially move providers of behavioral health services for low-income Ohioans into Medicaid managed care. That’s a huge change for how they get paid for providing addiction and mental illness treatment, family counseling and other services. And these last few days are causing lots of worry for some of those providers…. Read More

Southeast Ohioans Still Fearful of Obamacare Replacement Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio – Local healthcare advocates and area residents said they continue to be concerned that the Affordable Care Act/Medicaid will be replaced by President Trump’s American Health Care Act, even after the president’s bill was pulled Friday before a vote could be taken. The cause of concern is that the American Health Care Act… Read More

Kasich Hopeful Lawmakers will OK Medicaid Expansion Funding

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Gov. John Kasich says he’s hopeful state lawmakers will approve money that supports his expansion of Medicaid. The governor’s $72.3 billion, two-year spending blueprint sets aside funds to cover the more than 500,000 low-income Ohioans who enrolled in the federal-state health program after Kasich extended Medicaid eligibility under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. The GOP-dominated… Read More