Medicaid Director Says Ohio's Expansion Still Sustainable

Jul 30, 2018

An argument is brewing in the race to become Ohio’s next governor. Medicaid expansion has been a crucial topic in the campaign with both candidates, Mike DeWine and Rich Cordray, taking different approaches to the issue. One piece of the debate is over whether the expansion is sustainable.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine is now saying firmly that he wants to keep Medicaid expansion, although he argues that it’s unsustainable in its current form.

Medicaid director Barbara Sears says the program is still financially viable even as the federal reimbursement is about to decrease.

“But that’s by and large made for with our managed care tax and hospital fees, so even from a dollar and cents standpoint, we can make a case for being sustainable,” Sears says.

DeWine has proposed lowering costs by creating work requirements for healthy adults and more wellness programs.

His opponent, Democrat Rich Cordray, has long been a supporter of Medicaid expansion and says the federal dollars make it a good deal for Ohio.