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Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran says former Gov. of Ohio John Kasich created big problems the agency is facing.
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The memo is scathing.

Ohio Medicaid director Maureen Corcoran uses words such as “inadequate,” “unacceptable,” “poorly implemented” and a “mess” to describe what she inherited from the administration of former Gov. John Kasich

Ohio’s Medicaid program has rolled out a new tool, the Unified Preferred Drug List, that's meant improve communication between patients, doctors and pharmacists.

Montgomery County health officials are welcoming an influx of funding from the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The money is part of an effort to combat high rates of infant mortality around the state.

More than $3 million was granted to Montgomery County’s EveryOne Reach One Infant Mortality Task Force, and will go to half a dozen Montgomery County groups to help reduce the number of infant deaths.

More than four dozen babies died before their first birthday in Montgomery County last year.

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Advocates are worried about the process that will eventually require thousands of Ohioans in Medicaid expansion to work 20 hours a week or lose their benefits, which the state got permission to impose earlier this year.

Mark Butler's son Andrew needed to be placed in a residential mental health treatment center, but insurance wouldn't pay.
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In May, WOSU shared the story of the Butler family, whose son Andrew has a severe intellectual disability that causes sometimes-violent outbursts.

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A U.S. District Court judge has thrown out Medicaid work requirements in two states, saying they are “arbitrary and capricious.”  Ohio is now reviewing its plan to impose work requirements on recipients of Medicaid expansion, which was just approved by the federal government two weeks ago.

As of last Friday, the state has federal permission to require 20 hours of work per week for many non-disabled people on Medicaid expansion.  The state’s Medicaid director has put a number on how many people might be affected – and how much it might cost to put those requirements in place.

The federal government says Ohio can join the eight other states that have been given permission to impose work requirements on people in Medicaid expansion.

Gov. Mike DeWine, center, speaks between Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, left, and Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder during the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is proposing a budget that he says invests in kids and includes no new taxes or tax cuts. The plan, released Friday, calls for spending $69 billion in state revenue over two years.

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Ohio’s Medicaid Department says a report by the federal inspector general that says the agency paid for medical care for dead people is wrong.

Ohio Medicaid is telling its five managed care plans to sever their contracts with two pharmacy benefits managers and to work up new deals by the beginning of the year. It’s a sudden change for the agency.

Ohio Medicaid Spending Is Less Than Budgeted

Dec 28, 2012

Ohio has spent fewer dollars than it expected on Medicaid, the federal-state health program for low-income people. State officials have been working to rein in the cost of the $19.8 billion program. In the budget year that ended in June, state figures show Ohio spent $590 million less than it had anticipated. Medicaid spending for the current fiscal year is also tracking below projections. The state has spent about $6.2 billion on Medicaid since July. That's about $219 million less than it expected to spend through November.