Kasich Takes Pro-Medicaid Message To Meeting With President Trump

Feb 23, 2017

Gov. John Kasich is going to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with President Trump. One of the things they are likely to talk about is what will become of the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Office of Health Transformation Director Greg Moody says Kasich wants Trump to make sure states like Ohio that have expanded Medicaid will get the federal money to continue that expansion.

But Moody acknowledges there are no guarantees at this point.

“So far, everything we have seen is an abrupt stop of the enhanced match, which for Ohio would mean coming up with $1.5 billion,” Moody says.

Kasich has said if federal support falls low enough to make Medicaid expansion a net loss to Ohio, the state would opt out of it.

Kasich angered many conservative Republicans when he took advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s provision allowing states to expand their Medicaid programs.

Moody says Kasich has been working with governors in other states that expanded Medicaid to come up with workable solutions if federal funding changes.