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March 1, 2021

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...

February 3, 2021

eFMAP: How Ohio Found its Way Out of a Budget Hole

In his second executive budget proposal, Governor Mike DeWine faces a much different funding environment than the one he faced in 2019. With an ongoing pandemic and economic recession, federal support has bolstered the state’s budget picture and helped prevent catastrophe. The Federal Medical Assistance Percentage is one of the most effective tools to ensure...

January 29, 2021

Return on investment: Medicaid’s impact on kids

INTRODUCTION The biennial budget is perhaps the most comprehensive and consequential policy document in Ohio state government. During the budget process, lawmakers must balance the state’s policy goals against the realities of limited resources and competing needs. With the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, an incoming Biden administration and Democratic majority in Congress, Ohio’s...

October 26, 2020

Increasing Medicaid caseloads during the pandemic, what can we learn?

Since February of this year, national Medicaid caseloads have increased by more than 7 percent with millions of Americans relying on the program as their primary source of coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. This reverses a trend in recent years which saw many beneficiaries disenroll as the economy improved and federal administration imposed more stringent...

July 14, 2020

The Reentry Act: reducing spread and recidivism during COVID-19

Tucked away into the HEROES Act is a relatively underreported but critically important Medicaid provision which could help citizens returning to society after incarceration connect to critical medical supports. It can also alleviate the financial burden of Ohio’s local government spending on corrections-based medical care. The Reentry Act, found in section 30110 of the HEROES...

June 18, 2020

Ohio’s Balancing Act: Knowing the Risks of Reopening and Taking Action

On April 27, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the Responsible Restart Ohio plan, outlining the state’s efforts to slowly revise the public health orders for COVID-19. After facing significant pressure and criticism from some in the business community, these changes reflected the administration’s efforts to balance the dual imperatives of proactive public health measures with...

April 30, 2020

The Math of Reopening: Looking into Ohio’s COVID-19 Testing and Mortality Numbers

The United States now leads the world in deaths related to COVID-19, representing one-third of all global daily deaths. While this figure is tragic, many states, including Ohio, aggressively implemented physical distancing policies to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. Now, with Ohio poised to roll-back some of those public health...

April 1, 2020

Flatten the curve, raise the bar: The role of telehealth in the pandemic

The State of Ohio’s strategy to mitigate mortality tied to the novel coronavirus, which causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19), centers on two tactical threads. The first thread is a set of actions to suppress the spread of the virus through distancing measures such as school closures, the prohibition on large public events and the stay-at-home order....

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: How Ohio Medicaid can help flatten the curve

While the United States is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be helpful to understand how Ohio Medicaid can play a role in “flattening the curve” and ensuring the health care delivery system’s capacity isn’t overwhelmed. Medicaid is a state/federal partnership, meaning steps can vary depending on the level of government initiating a policy....