AOF strongly supports Ohio’s Medicaid expansion. Good health is critical for maintaining a job, earning an education, parenting, and participating in community life. As of early 2018, the Medicaid expansion has successfully provided access to health care coverage to 700,000 Ohioans. Ohio’s uninsured rate is 5.6 percent – the lowest it’s ever been. Research from our coalition partners, The Center for Community Solutions, indicates that this is primarily due to the Medicaid expansion,i which reduced the uninsured rate by nearly 18 percent for Ohioans age 19-64 with family income at or below 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
Dozens of organizations, including many of our coalition members, have testified in opposition to the proposed waiver. As a coalition, we presented the many concerns our member organizations have expressed.
The Work Requirements and Community Engagement waiver would damage the progress made toward affordable access to health care without barriers for low-income Ohioans. If implemented, the waiver would reduce access to health care for Ohioans eligible for Medicaid and threaten disenrollment for thousands of Ohioans enrolled in Medicaid. Estimates range from 36,000iii to more than 300,000. The proposed demonstration program will disproportionately affect populations in rural and urban areas, reduce the efficiency of administering the Medicaid system, and greatly increase the costs of implementation.
Read our full letter to CMS here