Submitted by achenault on Tue, 01/12/2016 – 3:25pm
Since Ohio expanded Medicaid eligibility, over 647,000 Ohioans have gained health coverage. Now the State would like to make changes to the Medicaid program which could affect over 2 million adults and children currently enrolled in Medicaid. The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is preparing to submit a waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking approval for several changes to Ohio’s Medicaid program. Here are the changes the “Healthy Ohio” waiver would make:
These changes will create huge barriers for people trying to maintain health coverage and obtain timely, needed health services. All of the research says that these measures will cause people to drop from the rolls of Medicaid, undoing the successes of Ohio’s Medicaid expansion.
The good news is Ohioans and organizations that serve Ohioans who would be negatively impacted by these changes have two opportunities to weigh in before CMS decides to approve or deny the waiver.
Now is the time get informed about what the waiver is, how it will affect you and/or your constituents, and develop a plan for you to participate in the public comment periods.
Click here for resources to learn more about the waiver, including a new introduction letter you can send to your network.
Click here to join our Healthy Ohio Action team to get the latest updates on the waiver and learn more about how you can get involved.