Ohio Gov Kasich goes forward with Medicaid expansion

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:

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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.


About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute), and Chair of the Academic Council at Duke University https://academiccouncil.duke.edu/ . I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy. My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

2 Responses to Ohio Gov Kasich goes forward with Medicaid expansion

  1. Patricia Zennie says:

    I am responding with dis belief. You. Caved in. Who are you helping really. Are these people going to help pay for this care? I worked in large ER in Dayton,oh Nf saw 1st hand people coming to ER for their care. Most of the care source/ Medicaid people where trained to come because there isn’t enough Providers and or people want to be seen right now. Some had just felt sick for one hour or they had a cold but they never even tried something over the counter because they want a prescription so it is free. Then they want us to give samples. Where is the money coming from to pay for this. We have new immigrants coming to Dayton and they are taught to use every free thing that is out there such as a prescription for plain Tylenol. We need clinics for them to go to not free phones sample of over the counter medication. Please work on trimming Medicaid, if you must embrace it Oh that is right the federal government t will tell you what will be given. You won’t have a choice because you caved in.

  2. Pingback: Does the N.C. Chamber of Commerce have a position on the Medicaid expansion? « freeforall

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