Tackling the Medicaid Monster

Tackling the Medicaid Monster

Streaming Video - 2012
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Medicaid provides health coverage to families with low incomes, children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind, or who have disabilities. To further complicate definitions, some people are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Moody's challenge to overhaul Ohio's Medicaid system has already begun. With bits and pieces of Ohio's Medicaid administration spread through various Ohio agencies, although primarily in Jobs and Family Services, the Governor recently announced that Medicaid will be its own agency. This $18.8 billion agency will officially become independent in July, 2014 after the next budget, although some consolidation efforts are already underway. Another consolidation effort in Medicaid will be implemented on January 1, 2013. It will reduce the number of health plans available to recipients from 38 to 5 and reduce the number of regions serving Ohioans from 10 to 3. These two changes should increase the efficiency of the program and offer better service to the Ohioans and their families. Following the Supreme Court's decision to make the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion optional, Ohio can choose whether or not to expand Medicaid to more people. How Ohio will choose to tackle this question remains to be answered.
Publisher: [Columbus, Ohio] : Columbus Metropolitan Club, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (54 min.) : digital, stereo., sd., col.
Summary: Medicaid provides health coverage to families with low incomes, children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind, or who have disabilities. To further complicate definitions, some people are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Moody's challenge to overhaul Ohio's Medicaid system has already begun. With bits and pieces of Ohio's Medicaid administration spread through various Ohio agencies, although primarily in Jobs and Family Services, the Governor recently announced that Medicaid will be its own agency. This $18.8 billion agency will officially become independent in July, 2014 after the next budget, although some consolidation efforts are already underway. Another consolidation effort in Medicaid will be implemented on January 1, 2013. It will reduce the number of health plans available to recipients from 38 to 5 and reduce the number of regions serving Ohioans from 10 to 3. These two changes should increase the efficiency of the program and offer better service to the Ohioans and their families. Following the Supreme Court's decision to make the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion optional, Ohio can choose whether or not to expand Medicaid to more people. How Ohio will choose to tackle this question remains to be answered.

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