InHealth Mutual Liquidation: You Need to Act by June 30, 2016

On Thursday, May 26, 2016 the Franklin County District Court ordered the Ohio Insurance Commissioner to take over the operations of health insurance company InHealth Mutual.

This order was made because the Insurance Commissioner determined that InHealth would not be able to pay all of its claims this year if it continued to operate.

There are 22,000 people who are affected, and about one-quarter of them are in the Columbus/Central Ohio area. 


Here is what we know:


  • The Ohio Insurance Commissioner has said that if you are insured by InHealth you should pay your June 2016 premium. The federal government will pay the subsidy (Advance Premium Tax Credit) for June, just as they have each previous month.
  • If you have a plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace ( and want to make sure that your subsidy continues, you will need to sign up for a different Marketplace plan. You will need to do this by June 30, 2016
  • You can shop for a new plan at  You qualify for a “Special Enrollment Period”, which allows you to change plans.  You should call the Health Insurance Marketplace helpline at 1-800-318-2596 to arrange for the “Special Enrollment Period.”
  •  During June you can continue to use medical services, except that there is now a $500,000 limit on coverage. 
  • If you are in the ACA Marketplace InHealth Plan, you should receive a letter from the federal government explaining the details about changing plans.
  • When you change plans you will most likely have to start your deductible over.

Press Release: Bill to Dramatically Improve Access to Oral Health Care Introduced

Columbus, OH—Today, Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) introduced legislation to bring much needed dental practitioners and oral health care to underserved communities. Ohio has 84 dental health professional shortage areas where there are not enough dentists to meet the dental health needs. Senate Bill 330 will reduce regulatory burdens on dental hygienists and allow dental therapists to provide basic restorative care, like filling cavities, while working under the supervision of a dentist.
“When it comes to dental care, particularly for low-income and rural Ohioans, there are simply not enough dentists to meet the needs of many communities,” said Steve Wagner, Executive Director of UHCAN Ohio. “Unfortunately, we will see the shortage of dentists grow over the next decade, making access to dental care for underserved communities even more difficult. We applaud Senator Lehner’s leadership to improve access to oral health care by expanding the dental care workforce.”

Press Release: UHCAN Ohio Submits Comments on “Not Healthy for Ohio” Waiver

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, UHCAN Ohio (Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio), submitted comments to the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) in response to the proposed 1115 Demonstration waiver.

UHCAN Ohio’s comments explain how the proposed waiver does not meet the criteria the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to evaluate an 1115 demonstration proposal, highlighting how it will;

  • worsen health outcomes for low income Ohioans, especially those facing the highest rates of health disparities
  • reduce access to care by imposing premiums and establishing complex health savings accounts
  • hurt the efficiency and quality of care provided by Ohio’s Medicaid program.

“It’s unfortunate ODM has no choice but to submit this proposal; in no way, shape, or form, does it meet the federal government’s 1115 demonstration waiver criteria," said Steve Wagner, Executive Director, UHCAN Ohio. "Everyone should have the opportunity to have good health. The waiver would create a system that will disproportionately hurt Ohioans who are facing barriers to having good health. This is bad policy," said Wagner. 

Press Release: UHCAN Ohio Dubs “Healthy Ohio” Waiver, #NotHealthy4Ohio

Tomorrow, the Ohio Department of Medicaid will open public comment on their proposal to significantly change Ohio’s Medicaid program based on guidelines passed by the State Legislature in the last state budget. These proposed changes could cause more than 1 million of Ohio’s most vulnerable people including women, parents, people who are homeless, and others, to lose their health coverage by forcing Medicaid enrollees to pay monthly premiums that aren’t affordable and establishing confusing health spending accounts.

Currently, Medicaid helps many Ohioans, like Jackie B. get and keep employment, stabilizes their families, and helps them stay healthy.

Jackie B. is a retail worker and single mom of four children. Her present employer offers health coverage, but at around $ 40.00 per week out of pocket, it’s simply too expensive. Until last year, when Jackie qualified for Medicaid under the expansion, Jackie had to deal with the day-to-day worry of being uninsured. Over the course of 13 years without access to regular health care, Jackie’s medical needs, went largely unaddressed and her only source of care was the hospital emergency room.  Now that she has coverage through Medicaid, she gets the care she needs.  But, with the changes proposed in the Medicaid waiver, Jackie fears she will not be able to meet the monthly premiums and could lose the care she went so long without. “I can’t go back to life without health coverage”, said Jackie. “I can now get the care I need to lead a full and productive life,” says Jackie. 

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