LeadingAge Ohio is a nonprofit trade association that represents approximately 500 long-term care organizations and hospices, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services, in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities. The continuum of care reflected by the member organizations serve an estimated 400,000 elderly Ohioans annually and employ more than 35,000 persons statewide.
Senior services providers include senior housing, both subsidized and market rate, adult day care, home- and community-based services, assisted living and skilled nursing. A majority of LeadingAge Ohio members, senior services providers and hospices, are mission-driven, values-based organizations that provide many or all of these services.
LeadingAge Ohio is a member-driven organization, with leadership elected by peers from around the state. The leadership team is composed of the Board of Directors, including executive committee officers; and Public Policy Congress delegates, who represent LeadingAge Ohio at our national organization. Strategic committees and special interest groups comprised of members from around the state help to develop and oversee governing policies and programs.
Yesterday, the Ohio Senate released its version of the biennium budget Sub HB49 (R. Smith). The Senate took into consideration the recent revenue projections of the Office of Budget and Management (OBM) and the assumption that Medicaid caseloads would increase more than the executive budget predicted. In a press conference, Senate President Larry Obhof stated, “The bill maintains tax cuts and reforms from previous budget cycles and does not dip into the Rainy Day Fund .” The Senate looked to close the gap of what they believe is a projected budget shortfall of over $1 billion. The Senate Finance Committee accepted the sub bill for consideration.
Last week, the Ohio House of Representatives released its iteration of the biennial budget, outlining its priorities for the coming two years. The House was under additional pressure as the Office of Management and Budget estimated an additional $800 million shortfall that needed to be accommodated. The House successfully stripped $630 million from the executive budget levels, some of it at a cost to senior service providers.
Gov. Kasich’s final biennium budget was introduced in the House Finance Committee on February 8, 2017, HB 49 (Rep. Smith). While the House is now actively working to create its proposed changes, we wanted members to have a summary of the executive budget provisions impacting long term care providers that are included in the governor’s budget. As a reminder, the House is holding committee and standing subcommittee hearings on the operating appropriations bills. Testimony from Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), Ohio Department of Aging (ODA), Office of Health Transformation (OHT) are expected to occur the week of March 7. The House is expected to release its substitute bill in mid-April.
LeadingAge and the LeadingAge state affiliates (including LeadingAge Ohio) are working in conjunction with Pathway Health to provide tools to help members navigate through the Requirements of Participation for Phase I of the new Mega Rule.
June 27, 2017
Part 6 of 6: Testing and Training
July 6, 2017
LeadingAge Ohio Offices
July 25, 2017