Report: Rate of uninsured children rises significantly
After hitting a historically low rate in 2016, the number of uninsured children has gradually grown to eliminate progress made in the country. Ohio, alone, had a double-digit jump in the three-year study. Nationally, the rate of children not covered by medical insurance was down to 4.7% in 2016, but started to increase again the […]
Fundamental questions remain as Medicaid revamps drug spending
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is undertaking a massive overhaul of how it pays for more than $3 billion worth of prescription drugs a year. It's planning to implement the changes by March, but so far it hasn't answered basic questions about how it will be done.
Are companies being sued by Ohio also bidding on new Medicaid contract?
The Ohio Department Medicaid won't say whether it will award a big contract to companies against whom the state has filed lawsuits claiming the companies ripped off state agencies in transactions involving prescription drugs.
Feds said to be investigating largest Medicaid provider in the U.S.
Federal officials are probing actions taken in Ohio in 2017 by the largest Medicaid managed care provider in the United States, a source familiar with the investigation has told Ohio Capital Journal. The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services declined to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. But the source said the […]
After months of questions, Ohio Medicaid to start paying pharmacists for coronavirus testing
After months of questions and promises of transparency, officials with the Ohio Department of Medicaid on Monday told an obscure state committee when they’ll start reimbursing community pharmacies to test one of the state’s most vulnerable populations for coronavirus. To contend with shrinking state budgets, the department also floated the possibility of draconian cuts, including […]
Governor says pharmacists should test for COVID-19, but Ohio Medicaid won’t clear the way for them to be paid
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week said that he wants to include pharmacists in the coronavirus fight, but he still didn’t offer details on how they’d be paid. Nor did the state department of Medicaid, which has a mechanism to compensate pharmacists to test the population that is most at risk from the virus. DeWine […]
DeWine noncommittal on extra Medicaid money from feds
State leaders have already slashed half a billion dollars from the state budget, so billions in additional federal funding for Medicaid might sound good right now to those tasked with balancing Ohio’s books. But Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wouldn’t answer directly Monday when asked whether he supported a request by the National Governors Association that […]
Medicaid nearing ‘eye of the storm’ as newly unemployed look for coverage
As the coronavirus roils the economy and throws millions of Americans out of work, Medicaid is emerging as a default insurance plan for many of the newly unemployed. That could produce unprecedented strains on the vital health insurance program, according to state officials and policy researchers. Americans are being urged to stay home and practice […]
‘They’re just going uninsured:’ How the youngest Ohioans are losing health coverage
The rate of young children in Ohio without health insurance is surging. Health care professionals attribute the rise in children under six years old without coverage to a hot economy shrinking Medicaid rolls to technical errors in an already complex Medicaid system. Whatever the case, the trend reverses years of steady decline in the rate […]
What the Trump budget says about the administration’s health priorities
The Trump administration recently released its budget blueprint for the 2021 fiscal year, the first steps in the complex budgetary process. The final budget will reflect the input of Congress, including the Democratic House of Representatives, and will look significantly different. However, budget drafts by presidential administrations are not meaningless pages of paper. They are […]
Improving Medicaid, stopping gun violence, and addressing housing discrimination
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The Iowa caucus, block-granting Medicaid, clean water, and the economy
Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here. Catching Our Eye: So it begins We are barreling toward the first 2020 caucus. Here’s the latest […]