Medicaid Expansion in Ohio
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided for the states to expand Medicaid to everyone with income less than 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The Supreme Court ruling in June 2012 made the Medicaid expansion optional for the states. Under the ACA, the federal government pays 100% of the cost of Medicaid for newly eligible people from January 2014 to December 2016. Starting in 2017, the federal share of Medicaid funding will decline each year, reaching 90% in 2020 and continuing at 90% in 2021 and beyond. This contrasts with the 63% share of Medicaid costs that the federal government paid in 2012 for currently eligible people. That share will continue with minor year-to-year adjustments. Ohio has not yet decided whether to expand Medicaid coverage under the ACA.
To fully understand the effect of Medicaid expansion on the state and residents of Ohio, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati supported two analyses of the expansion. To read the summary of the analyses and the reasoning behind the Health Foundation's support for expanding Medicaid in Ohio, please click here.
To read the complete reports, click on the title below:
Expanding Medicaid in Ohio: Preliminary Analysis of Likely Effects; Urban Institute, Ohio State University, REMI, Inc. and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (January 15, 2013)
Policy Considerations for Medicaid Expansion in Ohio; Health Policy Institute of Ohio (January 2013)