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Advancing Medicaid in Ohio Position Statement

On Nov. 13, 2014, the Interact for Health Public Policy Committee approved the following Advancing Medicaid in Ohio Position Statement:

Background:

In December 2012, the Policy Committee approved a position of supporting expanding Medicaid in Ohio as allowable under the Affordable Care Act. This position was based upon a comprehensive economic analysis conducted by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Urban Institute, The Ohio State University, and Regional Economic Modeling, Inc. The results of the analysis indicated a significant benefit for the State of Ohio.

Medicaid expansion was approved in December 2013 through the Controlling Board and implemented in January 2014. As a result of expansion, over 400,000 low income Ohioans have enrolled and have health insurance. The funding for the expansion expires in 2015.

Policy Position:

Considering the results of the economic analysis and the benefits to personal health and family economic security achieved by enrolling over 400,000 Ohioans into Medicaid, Interact for Health continues to support expanded Medicaid in Ohio as allowable under the Affordable Care Act.

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