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Unwinding the Public Health Emergency: Ohio Medicaid

On March 10, 2020, Ohio recorded its first case of Covid-19. In the two years after that case, the state Medicaid program played a critical role in ensuring access, providing coverage, and enabling budget stability as the state grappled with the complexities of the pandemic and its effects. And while the clinical science has not...

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Vaccination efforts in Ohio have saved Medicaid millions

  Benjamin Franklin once said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The original goal of this commonplace idiom was to encourage Philadelphians to remain vigilant about fire awareness and prevention. Coal, the common source of heating in homes during the time, was often carried “live” from room to room, up and...

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Ohio Opioid Settlement of $800 Million Creates OneOhio Plan, and Need for Scrutiny 

Earlier this month, the United States hit a terrifying milestone with over 100,000 annual opioid related deaths.  According to an analysis by the Ohio Alliance for Population Health, Ohio’s overdose trends have reflected national data, with recent increases in mortality tied to fentanyl and an acceleration in those overdoses driven by access limitations induced by COVID. This trend, however, only...

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In Medicaid, Money Talks (If You Listen)

A mentor of mine once told me that if I wanted to understand the stakeholders in a given public policy issue, I must first figure out how who gets paid. While this may be a pessimistic lens through which we can understand policy, it’s useful. Ohio Medicaid represents 4 percent of our state’s economy. And...

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Feds reject Ohio’s Medicaid work requirement program

As of August 10th, 794,806 Ohioans received their primary source of health coverage through Ohio’s Medicaid expansion. On that same day, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Medicaid notifying them that their previously approved 1115 Community Engagement (work requirements) waiver was withdrawn. As of August...

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Ohio General Assembly Must Protect Procurement, Not Contractor Profits

For years, The Center for Community Solutions has written about Ohio’s managed care program, with pieces outlining federal standards, current performance and value-based contracting. And, when Ohio Medicaid announced they were rebidding the contracts, we paid close attention, monitoring the feedback process, providing written comment and reviewing, in detail, the hundreds of pages worth of...

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Community Solutions consulting: Where advocacy and strategy meet

For more than 100 years, The Center for Community Solutions (Community Solutions) has served Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Through our research, policy analysis, communications and advocacy, we endeavor to improve social and economic conditions for the community we serve – and there has been tremendous change during this last century of service. Two world wars,...

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How are midwives regulated in Ohio?

Currently, only Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are the only legally-enabled professional midwife type who can practice in Ohio. As established in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Section 4723.41, there are several requirements for CNMs, including licensure as an advanced practice nurse and an application to practice in the specialty and pay a license fee.[1] Also, as...

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State budget committee process

There is often fanfare when the governor introduces the executive budget, but it is the legislative body that ultimately determines what policy becomes law. And while we’ve written about how Ohio’s biennial budget process works, a deeper dive into committees’ role may help advocates and analysts understand how that policy is deliberated and formed. By...

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