Ohio has accepted the Medicaid Expansion Provision of the Affordable Care Act, and has begun working on implementing various aspect of Medicaid Expansion.
Ohio Governor Kasich announced on February 4th 2013 the support the Obamacare Medicaid expansion provision, and that he would back the expansion in Ohio. Governor Kasich is the fifth republican Governor to back the expansion, this follow Arizona Governor Janice Brewers announcement regarding Medicaid Expansion in Arizona.
The Obamacare provision of Medicaid expansion is currently seen as a very tough sell to the majority of republican governors, who continue to say Medicaid Expansion will allow the president and his administration to expand an entitlement program that may not be sustainable in the long run. Recently the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board described Brewer and Kasich as “Obamacare Flippers” who accepted “Mr. Obama’s Medicaid bribe.”
In Ohio an estimated 705,000 people are uninsured mostly adults who would be eligible for under the Medicaid Expansion of the Affordable Care Act. When the state partakes in Medicaid Expansion. 578,000 would be newly eligible for Medicaid. There are about 127,000 eligible adults who currently qualify but are not enrolled.
When Ohio expands Medicaid as part of Medicaid Expansion, a range of 900,000 to 1,100,000 adults will newly enroll into the program by the end of 2019. This includes the adults who will be eligible as a result of the changed requirements as part of the Medicaid expansion, provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Ohio will spend in the range of $13 million in 2014 with the cost rising to around $609 Million million to cover new enrollees by the end of the first six years of the Medicaid expansion. This is 0.9% to 1.3% more than what Ohio would have spent on Medicaid during that timeframe without the implementation of Medicaid Expansion. This represents a potential savings of 709 Million for the state of Ohio
As of the present time, Ohio Medicaid rules allow the coverage of adults with dependents at 90% of the federal poverty level. The current Medicaid rules in Ohio does not allow coverage of adults with no children. Based on the current standards of Ohio a family of four would have to make less than $20,745 to be eligible for Mediaid.
Need Application Forms, or information on your states Medicaid Application guideline. Please visit our State Centers for Medicaid Page with links to Applications, and Contact information for specific states.