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Medicaid Waiver Would Hurt Ohioans

posted 8/2/16 -- LCCAA is speaking out on behalf of low-income Ohioans and in opposition to proposed changes in Medicaid.

The recent legislation to create "Healthy Ohio" does everything but, said President and CEO Jackie Boehnlein.

"This program would require Ohio's most impoverished citizens to make payments toward health care they simply cannot afford," Boehnlein said. "Thousands of Ohioans only recently covered thanks to Medicaid expansion are in danger of losing their health coverage."

The legislation, also known as Healthy Ohio 1115 Medicaid Waiver, would require all Medicaid enrollees over 18 to make monthly or yearly contributions to a Health Savings Account. If they miss a payment to their HSA, they lose their health coverage.

This new waiver would apply to enrollees living at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Currently, these enrollees pay no premiums and have coverage immediately upon confirmation of eligibility that is retroactive for three months.

Advocates for low-income families have mobilized across Ohio to fight the waiver which must be approved by the federal government. UHCAN Ohio cites several studies that say any contributions would be unaffordable for struggling residents already making difficult choices between food and rent.

"Ohio's poorest residents do not need any more burdens," Boehnlein said.

For more information on this legislation and those who are fighting it, visit www.uhcanohio.org.