Ohio Medicaid

Bias, conflict were present in $22 billion Ohio Medicaid contract, bidder says

BY: - October 13, 2021

A Toledo-area health care provider says that it’s received top ratings in the eight years it’s provided managed-care services to the Ohio Medicaid program. It hinted that it was the victim of bias and possible conflicts of interest earlier this year when it missed out on a share of a five-year, $22 billion program meant […]

State says Medicaid director complied with ethics law, won’t share documents

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Ohio Department of Medicaid and the governor’s office last week insisted that Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran complied with state ethics laws as her department entered into massive contracts earlier this year. However, they so far have refused to produce copies of affidavits that seem to be required by state law, and Corcoran is refusing […]

Medicaid department mum on contacts with DeWine-connected lobbyist

BY: - October 4, 2021

A close, long-standing friend of Gov. Mike DeWine registered early this year to lobby on behalf of a giant Medicaid provider — just before Attorney General Dave Yost accused the company of ripping off tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. The company, St. Louis-based Centene, later agreed to pay out $88 million to Ohio and […]

Ohio economists say state’s pandemic spending cuts won’t help the economy

BY: - August 19, 2021

In May 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced $775 million in state spending cuts in the face of what he expected to be lower tax revenues due to economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The cuts included $300 million whacked from K-12 education and $210 million from Medicaid, the health program for the poor. […]

Ohio Senate leadership wants no additional $ for broadband expansion

BY: - June 2, 2021

Lawmakers from both parties had been hopeful Ohio would take a big step forward this year to invest in broadband internet expansion throughout the state. Leaders in the Ohio Senate think otherwise. While their counterparts in the Ohio House of Representatives want to allocate millions of dollars for internet expansion projects, Republican state senators want […]

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 […]

Ohio hires Medicaid prescription drug watchdog

BY: - April 15, 2021

As it makes sweeping reforms to the way it handles managed care for the state’s $24 billion Medicaid program, Ohio on Wednesday announced that it had hired a company to monitor its progress.  The Department of Medicaid announced that it had hired the Medicaid and Medicare auditing firm Myers and Stauffer to be its pharmacy […]

COMMENTARY

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, […]

Expert warns: Ohio Medicaid poised for big trouble

BY: - August 27, 2020

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is not being transparent about a process meant to bring transparency to the system by which the state buys billions of dollars worth of prescription drugs each year. But what is becoming apparent as the agency belatedly follows a law requiring it to use just one pharmacy middleman, it’s actually […]