Category: Medicaid

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...

May 7, 2020

$750M in budget cuts DO NOT mean consumer Medicaid benefit/coverage cuts

When the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) announced on Tuesday, May 6 that April tax revenues were $866.5 million short in this year’s budget it didn’t really surprise me. When one considers Ohio’s record unemployment claims, it was expected that income and sales tax proceeds would take a big hit. OBM Director Kim...

April 30, 2020

Medicaid and COVID-19

Download a PDF of the one-sheet here! There are some changes to Medicaid in light of COVID-19 and Community Solutions has put together a fact sheet taking a look at some of those changes. If you already receive Medicaid Renewals, redeterminations and eligibility hearings have been suspended There is reduced paperwork for coverage, and the...

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 27, 2020

Benefit changes: Redeterminations, requirements affected by coronavirus

  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of Ohio and Cuyahoga County have issued new guidance surrounding the public benefits many Ohioans rely on, including Supplemental Assistance for needy Families (SNAP), Ohio Works First (OWF) and Medicaid. Medicaid recipients can now utilize telehealth services even for first time appointments. Redeterminations are suspended for 180...

March 25, 2020

Policy recommendations to flatten the coronavirus curve

**Updated April 13, 2020** On March 15, The Center for Community Solutions released a memo outlining steps the State of Ohio and the federal government could take to help flatten the coronavirus curve and to boost Ohio’s economy. Since then, Ohio and the federal government have adopted some of our policy suggestions. This is meant...

March 16, 2020

Ohio needs emergency health & human services Coronavirus policy changes

In light of the first, and hopefully only, global pandemic in our lives, my colleagues and I, with help from others, have pulled together a list of policy steps that we think are essential. The challenges the health and humans services sector face are unlikely any in our lifetime. Unless we take extraordinary steps, lives...