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Medicaid Director Offers Update to LTC Committee

Last month, Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy provided testimony to legislative members of the Joint Legislative Committee for Unified Long-Term Care Supports and Services, updating the committee members on changes implemented earlier this year in the biennial budget. Director McCarthy focused on the delivery of coordinated care; shifting policies that encourage more home- and community-based care; and, preventative efforts to reduce emergency room visits.

Director McCarthy highlighted efforts to make pay for performance part of the Medicaid reimbursement rate through passage of Senate Bill 264, as well as new initiatives focusing on dually eligible Medicaid and Medicare individuals and creating a single waiver for waiver services. According to McCarthy, the administration will first focus on dual-eligibles, then work on the single waiver. McCarthy stated that the administration will have a “straw-man” proposal ready to review with interested parties at the next Unified Long-Term Care Advisory Group Meeting on January 12. In addition, the administration will hold regional meetings around the state through February, 2012, for more input from stakeholders. Midwest Care Alliance Ohio is a part of the advisory group and will keep members informed of the progress.

Members of the Joint Legislative Committee include: Senator Jones, co-chair (R-Springboro), Senator Burke (R-Marysville), Senator Cafaro (D-Warren), Rep. McClain, co-chair (R-Upper Sandusky), Rep. Sears (R-Sylvania) and Rep. Antonio (D-Lakewood). We will continue to keep members updated on Medicaid and other reimbursement issues. Click here to read Director McCarthy’s full testimony. For more information on these or other advocacy issues, contact Katie Rogers at or (614) 545-9032.