Category: Medicaid

August 30, 2021

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...

August 16, 2021

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of Medicaid notifying them that their previously approved 1115 Community Engagement (work requirements) waiver was withdrawn.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...

July 12, 2021

State Budget Reflection

At the beginning of 2021, when The Center for Community Solutions shared its state budget priorities, I don’t think we expected such a wild ride to reach the conclusion of the budget process. The versions of the budget presented by Governor Mike DeWine and those passed by the House and Senate certainly advanced some issues...

June 14, 2021

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...

April 29, 2021

OhioRISE

Why OhioRISE? A new managed-care approach, OhioRISE (Ohio Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence),[1] will focus on a population of children and youth with serious behavioral health needs, who are often involved in multiple public youth-serving systems, and their families. Many of these children and young people are often referred to as “multisystem” youth or...

April 19, 2021

Big step forward for Ohio Medicaid, but more to come

On April 9, Ohio Department of Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran made a long-awaited announcement; revealing the names of the Medicaid managed-care insurance companies that would get to share in a 20 billion dollar, five-year contract (the State of Ohio’s largest contract ever) to provide health care services for 3 million Ohioans. Director Corcoran said repeatedly...

March 12, 2021

When will I get my stimulus check? And other questions about the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

By: Loren Anthes, Fellow, William C. and Elizabeth M. Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Edward D. and Dorothy E. Lynde Fellow Emily Campbell, Associate Director, Senior Fellow, Williamson Family Fellow for Applied Research Hope Lane, Public Policy & External Affairs Associate On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021...

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...

January 18, 2021

Community Solutions’ 2022-23 budget priorities

The past year has been unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic, a resulting economic crisis and a reckoning on deep and persistent racial disparities in the state and country should shape the state’s 2022-2023 budget deliberations. The Center for Community Solutions has developed budget priorities that are informed by this landscape and the pressing issues...