Medicaid

Centene agrees to settle Medicaid claims with Ohio, Mississippi for $143 million

BY: - June 14, 2021

In what could be a harbinger of more settlements, Medicaid managed-care contractor Centene on Monday settled potential fraud claims by Ohio and Mississippi for $88.3 million and $55 million, respectively. Ohio is the only state to file suit so far alleging improper double billing through Centene’s pharmacy middlemen. But Mississippi, Kansas, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma and […]

Housing advocate: Worker crunch due to a lot more than federal supplements

BY: - May 25, 2021

Federal unemployment supplements are not the sole reason Ohio employers are having a hard time finding workers, an Ohio housing advocate said Monday. Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this month announced that on June 26 he would end Ohio’s participation in a federal program that provided $300 a week in additional unemployment pay. The money was […]

Advocates: Increases in infant health, reductions in youth prisons should be budget priorities

BY: - May 14, 2021

Advocates are looking to the Ohio Senate to prioritize child welfare issues, such as infant health, child care and reducing youth incarceration as they work toward passage of the state operating budget. Members of child welfare organizations across the state are encouraged by continued investments in local support programs addressing poverty and child care that […]

Health care giant acknowledges Ohio suit, says more could come from other states

BY: - April 29, 2021

Healthcare giant acknowledges Ohio suit, says more could come from other states

Transportation remains a barrier to vaccination for many Ohioans

BY: - March 10, 2021

A new database is up and running to get Ohioans scheduled for COVID-19 vaccinations, but another issue facing those wanting the shot is getting there. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the launch of a centralized scheduling tool that he says will streamline the process. The state is still working to get providers connected to the […]

Benefits rollback bill would cost nearly $20 million in red tape, legislative analysts say

BY: - February 25, 2021

A legislative proposal to restrict eligibility for social safety net programs like food stamps or Medicaid would cost nearly $20 million to implement, according to state policy analysts. The Ohio Legislative Service Commission, a nonpartisan arm of the state legislature that evaluates policy proposals, estimated a plan to require photo identification on every Supplemental Nutrition […]

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State budget must provide adequate resources to fully implement new Medicaid managed care contract

BY: - February 19, 2021

Ohio is on the brink of making historic changes to its Medicaid program. For the first time since 2012, the Department of Medicaid is renegotiating its contracts with private insurance companies that are tasked with administering most of the state’s health care program for low-income residents. If these changes are fully implemented then vulnerable Ohioans, […]

‘Ludicrous and unhelpful:’ Senate Republican seeks to restrict SNAP and Medicaid in Ohio

BY: - February 4, 2021

A Senate Republican from Lancaster is seeking to restrict eligibility requirements on poor Ohioans seeking government assistance paying for groceries and health care. The proposed legislation comes during a pandemic that has killed about 450,000 Americans. Nearly 1 in 10 households said during a survey last month that they often or sometimes don’t have enough […]

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How Ohio should value Black lives in health care

BY: - December 2, 2020

As a country, we are waking up daily to the unacceptable and completely avoidable loss of Black life. We know some of their names, like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. But many more we sadly only know as numbers and statistics, reported as part of the daily coronavirus public health updates.  What they have in […]

The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.

BY: - November 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should […]

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What California v. Texas Could Mean for Ohio

BY: - November 10, 2020

Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in California v. Texas, a case that could determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the landmark legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. As then Vice President Joe Biden, now President-Elect, said at the time, caught on a hot mic, the law […]

Ohio managed-care company makes big change to drug reimbursements

BY: - November 2, 2020

After years of complaints by community pharmacies, Ohio's largest Medicaid managed-care company has announced a huge overhaul to the way it reimburses them for prescription drugs.