Ohio Gov Kasich goes forward with Medicaid expansion
February 4, 2013 2 Comments
Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich announced today that his state would go forward with the Medicaid expansion, including his desire for continued dialogue with the Obama administration about changes he would like to see in Medicaid. I captured this slide from the Governor’s presentation on why he is expanding Medicaid coverage by between 575,000-675,000 Ohioans via Medicaid:
I was watching him live, and will later link to a video of his discussion, but here is a quote that gives a sense of his clear-eyed announcement:
“I, as all of you know, am not a supporter of Obamacare,” Kasich said at a Monday press conference. “But I think this makes great sense for the state of Ohio.”
Ohio is using the expansion to also move to simplify eligibility categories in Ohio, he said in his presentation from several dozen to three. Further, Ohio and the administration are discussing increased flexibility in Medicaid that would allow buying some low-income beneficiaries into private insurance in Obamacare exchanges (my book suggests moving in this direction).
Tonight, the N.C. State Senate is to vote on a bill to go the other way and not expand Medicaid. As of yet, I have not heard of any alternative that Republican leaders may have. This post has lots more info on North Carolina’s Medicaid choice.