Impact of not expanding Medicaid in Ohio
The Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc. and the Urban Institute, has released a new fact sheet examining the impact of not expanding Medicaid in Ohio.
In mid-April, the Ohio House of Representatives removed the Medicaid expansion from Gov. Kasich’s budget plan. Both the House and Senate have indicated an interest in discussing Medicaid reforms and are considering separate legislation to address Medicaid.
Among the findings highlighted in the fact sheet are that:
• Without an expansion, a substantial number of Ohioans with low incomes, more than 370,000 by 2017, are projected to have no access to subsidized health coverage and will likely be uninsured
• Ohio will lose an estimated $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion in new net savings and revenue that would have been generated from an expansion
• From 2014 to 2022, eliminating Medicaid expansion in Ohio will prevent 23,000 to 28,000 new Ohio jobs in health care and other industries