Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ohio’s Medicaid-Expansion Freeze Faces Hospital Resistance | National Review

Ohio’s Medicaid-Expansion Freeze Faces Hospital Resistance | National Review:
"They’re fighting hard against an effort to freeze enrollment in the state’s Medicaid expansion. Hospitals that are using Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to siphon billions from federal taxpayers fiercely oppose an effort to scale back the policy in Ohio.
Image result for medicare messWhile the American Hospital Association (AHA) works to keep Congress from reducing the Medicaid expansion’s federal funding below the 90 percent rate promised in Obamacare, Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) member CEOs are pressuring state legislators to give up on freezing enrollment among Ohio’s Medicaid-expansion population — which is to say, among able-bodied, working-age Ohioans who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty level. 
... The expansion has put 725,000 able-bodied, working-age Ohioans on Medicaid at a total cost of $13.5 billion in just three and a half years.
Kasich projected in 2013 that 447,000 would enroll at a cost of $13 billion by 2020.
...Medicaid expansion in Ohio costs state taxpayers roughly $20 million every month and costs federal taxpayers $380 million more..."

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