Feds must take close look at Ohio’s Medicaid scheme

When a proposed change in public policy prompts questions for which there are no straightforward answers, an independent review is appropriate.

Thus, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will determine whether a plan to require more than 1 million Ohioans to make monthly payments or lose their Medicaid coverage should be implemented.

Healthy Ohio, which is included in the state’s biennial budget, would result in 1.5 million Medicaid recipients contributing to a health savings account to help pay for their care. The changes to the existing program would take effect in 2018.

However, federal approval is needed, which is why the proposal will be submitted to Washington by June 30. But it won’t just be the changes to Ohio’s Medicaid program that will be submitted. Public comments during hearings on April 21 and May 2 and opinions from interested parties will also be part of the federal review process.

One of the key questions that deserves to be explored is this: What will happen to the recipients who fail to make the monthly payment and, therefore, lose their coverage?

According to Cleveland-based Center for Community Solutions, a think tank led by Ohio’s former Medicaid Director John Corlett, there could be broad “disenrollment” of

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