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UPDATE: About 54,000 Ohioans Enroll in Expanded Medicaid

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/14/2014 3:25 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - More than 54,000 Ohioans have enrolled in Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer-funded program.

Gov. John Kasich's administration moved forward last fall with extending Medicaid eligibility to cover thousands more people under the federal health care law. Coverage took effect Jan. 1.

The state's monthly report on Medicaid caseloads shows that 54,031 residents have gained coverage under its extension as of February. That's about 15 percent of the roughly 366,000 people who the state projected would be newly eligible by the end of June 2015.

The expansion allowed those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain coverage. For a single adult, that's about $16,000 a year.

The report doesn't include those who have applied to the health program for the poor and disabled.

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UPDATE 1/3/2014 2:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio officials say they've received more than 17,000 applications from people seeking Medicaid health coverage through a new state website.

The online enrollment option became available Dec. 9 to eligible low-income families, along with individuals who fell under an expansion of the federal-state program for the poor and disabled. It wasn't clear how many online applications came from those newly eligible under the Medicaid extension.

A spokesman for the state's Medicaid department says the website has been working smoothly.

County caseworkers will have to finalize most of the initial online applications. But the state expects the enrollment process to be more automated in the coming months.

Gov. John Kasich's administration moved forward with expanding Medicaid last fall. Coverage for the newly eligible took effect Wednesday.

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UPDATE 12/9/2013 1:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Low-income Ohioans can start signing up for Medicaid coverage online, along with those who are newly eligible under an expansion of the health program.

The online enrollment option that launched Monday is part of a new state system. People also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov .

Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can apply for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.

Gov. John Kasich's administration got approval in October to extend Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level - or $15,856 for an individual.

Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible under the extension beginning next year.

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UPDATE 11/13/2013 2:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state says low-income Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can start signing up for health coverage next month.

Gov. John Kasich's administration got approval from Washington in October to extend Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level - or $15,856 for an individual. A legislative panel cleared the way for its funding about three weeks ago.

State officials said Wednesday that people can start enrolling in the expanded program on Dec. 9. Coverage starts Jan. 1.

Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible under the extension beginning in 2014. Some have sought to get enrolled but have been left in limbo while the state adjusts its system to begin taking new people.

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UPDATE 10/21/2013 2:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A libertarian law center says it will sue if Ohio approves Medicaid expansion, and a lawmaker says Gov. John Kasich's fellow Republicans would be the likely plaintiffs.

Two state Controlling Board members were replaced by Ohio's House speaker before Monday's vote, signaling likely approval.

State Rep. Ron Young says the planned lawsuit would argue the Controlling Board is violating the Legislature's intent by approving Kasich's expansion request. He says the board is setting a precedent "extremely dangerous" to Ohio's balance of powers.

The administration says clearing expansion funding is within the board's power.

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law was preparing the lawsuit. Its director said it was too early to discuss the plaintiffs or defendants or where it would be filed. He didn't expect Kasich to be named.

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UPDATE 10/18/2013 2:50 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - Gov. John Kasich says he's optimistic ahead of a legislative panel vote on whether the state will extend Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans under the federal health care law.

The Republican made the comments Friday at the Cleveland Clinic, using the well-known hospital to make a final public push for Medicaid expansion. He was joined by advocates who support expansion.

The seven-member state Controlling Board is scheduled to vote Monday on Kasich's request to authorize spending federal money on the newly eligible Medicaid enrollees in the state.

The panel includes two Democrats and a Kasich appointee who are expected to favor the request. That leaves the governor in search of a single vote among his fellow Republicans.

The GOP-controlled Legislature so far has resisted Medicaid expansion.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An expansion of Medicaid in Ohio could hinge on approval from a little known, but powerful state panel.

Gov. John Kasich's administration plans to ask the Controlling Board on Friday to allow the federal dollars to cover more low-income residents under the health care overhaul.

Kasich proposed Medicaid expansion in February. But the GOP-controlled Legislature has balked at the idea. The U.S. government has promised to cover the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years and 90 percent for subsequent years.

Kasich's administration says Ohio has federal approval to expand the program. Now officials need legislative sign-off to spend the federal money on the newly eligible Medicaid enrollees.

Kasich's administration wants the board to authorize the spending. The panel handles certain adjustments to the state budget.

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