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Healthy Ohio Program

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Jul 18th 2016 9:05 am Response: #210421 Please see the attached comments that were provided to the Ohio Department of Medicaid. Thank you, Angi Lee Director of Public Affairs Easter Seals Ohio.
Jul 18th 2016 11:36 am Response: #210545 To Whom It May Concern:
Please accept this letter in opposition to the proposed Healthy Ohio 1115 Medicaid Waiver. The Toledo/Lucas County CareNet Board strongly believes the waiver will disrupt coverage and increase costs for Medicaid beneficiaries in Lucas County and beyond.

Toledo/Lucas County CareNet is a non-profit organization that has worked tirelessly since 2003 to reduce barriers to healthcare for residents living below 200% of the federal poverty level. CareNet formed a Charity Care Network that involves all 7 hospitals in Lucas County, plus 15 primary care clinics and more than 220 volunteer specialty care physicians. Since Medicaid was expanded in Ohio, CareNet has continued to provide coordinated access to care for those who remain uninsured. CareNet also provides care coordination to help reduce the social determinants of health and educate residents about how to use their coverage.

As a result of Medicaid expansion, 640,000 more Ohioans now have coverage. More than 2.9 million Ohioans, or 25% of the state’s population, are enrolled in Medicaid. The waiver would create the following changes for more than 1 million of Ohio’s Medicaid beneficiaries – and negatively impact recipients in Lucas County:

• Unaffordable premiums that have led to enrollment declines in other states. For example, enrollment dropped by 77% in Oregon after premiums were instituted.

• Termination of coverage for non-payment of premiums.

• The addition of health savings accounts and debit cards, which will be costly to administer and complex for Medicaid beneficiaries to use. Due to high administrative costs, Arkansas recently eliminated the imposition of health savings accounts and cost-sharing requirements on participants below 100% of the federal poverty level.
• Annual and lifetime caps, which were eliminated as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid recipients should not be subject to caps, which are now illegal.

These proposed changes would rebuild barriers to care that the state’s expansion had helped to tear down. Thank you for considering the Toledo/Lucas County CareNet Board’s opposition to the waiver.
Respectfully,


Jan L. Ruma
Executive Director – Toledo/Lucas County CareNet
Jul 18th 2016 11:48 am Response: #210553 This proposed change in Medicaid would only compound health care issues for low-income families in Ohio that are already diifficult and confusing. Neither of these characteristics will benefit Ohioans.
Jul 18th 2016 12:31 pm Response: #210569 I have worked with the low income/uninsured population for over 15 years and Medicaid Expansion was much needed. Thanks to Medicaid Expansion in Ohio, more than 640,000 people now have medical coverage, who before were unable to afford it. This is a program for those with a household income at or below 138% of the federal poverty guidelines....so for a single person, that is someone earning less than $16,394! Implementing the Healthy Ohio Waiver will cause this population another financial burden!
Some of the issues that will arise if the Healthy Ohio Waiver passes include:
• Unaffordable premiums that have led to enrollment declines in other states.
• Termination of coverage for non-payment of premiums.
• The addition of health savings accounts and debit cards, which will be costly to administer and complex for Medicaid beneficiaries to use.
• Annual and lifetime caps, which were eliminated as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid recipients should not be subject to caps, which are now illegal.

In closing...I ask that the Health Ohio Waiver not be passed.

Sincerely,
Julie Grasson
Jul 19th 2016 8:40 am Response: #211849 People on Medicaid typically have enough obstacles to over come....adding a financial burden associated with their healthcare could make it even worse resulting in poorer health outcomes. I appose the Healthy Ohio Waiver and hope CMS does the same.
Jul 20th 2016 3:09 pm Response: #216925 I am a 55 y/o trained physician and I don't understand HSA's and the ensuing paperwork, attention to detail required for it to work etc. How are Medicaid recipients to do it??? This plan is unworkable in this vulnerable population. It should summarily be rejected.
Jul 21st 2016 9:11 am Response: #217097 I urge you to reject Ohio's request for a waiver. As a Ohioan, I do not want the requirements for financial contributions from Ohio adults on Medicaid, forcing them to choose between healthcare coverage and paying for the basics of rent, utilities, food, and shoes for their children. I do not want taxpayer dollars going to an unnecessary and burdensome debit card/HSA system.
Jul 21st 2016 3:45 pm Response: #217101 The proposal from the Ohio Department of Medicaid is a horrible idea. The Medicaid enrollees would be charged premiums and higher co-pays. Few of them can afford such costs. Enrollment in the program will be reduced so that the progress that has been made in recent years will be wiped out and many more Ohi0ans will be without healthcare. Ohio's current program is working well and will be way under budget this year. The proposal would move Ohio backwards and should be rejected.
Jul 22nd 2016 7:27 am Response: #217105 Please reject Healthy Ohio waiver request. It's a bad deal for low-income residents. Under the plan, the state could increase or premiums and co-pays, and, in return, the patient would get a sort of health savings account. We would be self-funding the needless health savings account.That's bad trade-off, with little to offer a low income person with health needs.
Jul 22nd 2016 10:55 am Response: #217113 1212
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