Governor Kasich has been very vocal about his opposition to Obamacare and after repeatedly saying NO to state0run exchange and other limits on Ohio’s freedom, the expansion of Medicaid coverage will benefit Ohio. Business First has more below:
Gov. John Kasich recommended that Ohio lawmakers expand Medicaid eligibility to the working poor and jobless in his $64 billion two-year budget proposal released Monday.
The U.S. Supreme Court had left the decision to raise income limits for Medicaid to individual states in last summer’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act. The federal government pays the full cost of covering those additional individuals for the first three years.
“I, as you all know here, am not a supporter of Obamacare,” Kasich said in remarks streamed live on the Ohio Channel. “This (Medicaid expansion) makes great sense for the state of Ohio. We’ll be able to deliver care using our dollars for those who aren’t able to afford care through their job or have not been able to find a job.”
Today, those adults – making $15,415 or less for a single individual – get their care largely from emergency rooms.
“(Today) we all pay for them, and I don’t think that is a sustainable way to do business,” Kasich said, echoing the arguments of Central Ohio hospital CEOs who supported an expansion because it would make costs more predictable.
Further, federal subsidies for uncompensated care are expected to dwindle because of Obamacare, Kasich said, so refusing the expansion “would create financial chaos, particularly among our rural hospitals.”
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio in a study last month estimated a net savings to the state of $1.4 billion from 2014-22 if it expands Medicaid, with most of the benefit coming in years three and four of the expansion.
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