Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Lavishly paid and unapologetic. Company at center of Medicaid scandal focuses on profits.

BY: - June 28, 2021

Coordinating government health care for poor people has been very, very good to Michael F. Neidorff. By one measure, he’s the country’s top-paid health care executive, making $25 million a year. That means the Centene chief makes as much in a year as 1,409 of the best paid of the 25 million Americans for whom his company […]

Ohio’s suing a huge Medicaid contractor. Mississippi’s investigating whether to follow suit

BY: - April 19, 2021

Ohio might have started a trend last month when it filed suit against the largest Medicaid contractor in the United States. Now Mississippi is considering litigation of its own. A spokeswoman for Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch didn’t respond to requests for comment last week, but that office told the Daily Journal in Mississippi that […]

Their roommates had COVID-19. A nursing home kept them there anyway

BY: - January 25, 2021

It started Oct. 5 with a nurse feeling ill on her day off. By the time the COVID-19 outbreak at Crestview Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Services subsided late last year, 173 cases traced back to the Lancaster facility’s staff and occupants. State inspectors determined Crestview’s poor infection control practices allowed the virus to glide through […]

Covid crowds some out of Ohio hospitals, federal release shows

BY: - December 23, 2020

Hospital beds in Ohio and elsewhere are filling with coronavirus patients, prompting the federal government to ease rules and allow more people to be treated at home. But for some reason, top Ohio health officials don’t seem to want to say that. Among other experts, Ashish K. Jha has reported that nationally the portion of […]

More Medicaid funding needed to survive the recession, advocates say

BY: - July 15, 2020

After cuts to the state’s health care assistance program, Medicaid advocates are hoping a temporary federal funding increase will continue. In May, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced cuts to many state agencies, but the biggest cuts hit Medicaid and education. The budget for Medicaid was chopped by $210 million. Much of that original cut represented […]

Planned Medicaid cuts seem reasonable, says policy analyst

BY: - May 7, 2020

Cutting funding from Medicaid might not seem like the best idea in the midst of a global pandemic. But an analyst of state Medicaid policy on Wednesday said cuts planned for the Ohio program seem reasonable, based on what’s known about them so far. State tax revenue has plummeted with the state economy choked down […]

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New federal Medicaid waiver is not healthy for Ohio

BY: - February 3, 2020

Last Thursday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the deceptively named Healthy Adult Opportunity waiver to allow states to receive Medicaid funding as either an annual aggregate cap (block grant) or per capita cap program instead of continuing to pay states the federal share of Medicaid expenses.  The waiver applies to parts […]