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Questionnaire NameHealthy Ohio Program
DescriptionOhio requests a new 5-year section 1115 demonstration which seeks to modify the existing Medicaid expansion program. Individuals eligible for this program include the new adult group and all other non-disabled Medicaid eligible beneficiaries age 18 or older up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Beneficiaries, except for pregnant women, must make monthly contributions to a health savings account equal to 2 percent of income but not exceeding $99 a year. Failure to make monthly contributions within 60 days from the due date will result in disenrollment. Beneficiaries may reenroll but must pay debt owed before reenrollment. Beneficiaries, except for pregnant women, are subject to copayments which are paid for through the contributions made to the account, provided the beneficiary has funds in the account. Beneficiaries can earn money to pay for copayments by completing specified health behaviors. The federal comment period will be open from July 8, 2016 through August 7, 2016.
Response FromID: #209441 on Jul 13th 2016 11:50 am
Healthy Ohio Program

Healthy Ohio Program

We encourage the public to submit their comments on Medicaid.gov as they relate to demonstrations open for public comments. In support of transparency and open government, all public comments received are immediately posted and are in the public domain. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services staff will review all public comments posted and we reserve the discretion to delete comments that are generally understood as any of the following: obscene, profane, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

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Open for Public Comment – 7/8/16 – 8/7/16

Please provide your comments here and/or attach below:

This is outrageous. I oppose the “Healthy Ohio” Medicaid Waiver. The proposed changes will make health care unaffordable for me and the 1 million other low income Ohioans on Medicaid. This proposal would hurt the recent progress Ohio has made in increasing access to health care. Deaths will result.

My current Medicaid coverage (finally obtained in 2014) allowed me to get treatment for cancer and for type 1 diabetes. I work, am a real estate agent, am a caretaker for my elderly mother and cannot obtain healthcare anywhere except Medicaid. I did not have any access to any healthcare for 13 years. The costs of insulin almost bankrupted us. I lost just about everything I had after my healthcare coverage was removed in 2001 for the crime of being a working diabetic. I survived.

Under “Healthy Ohio” if I can’t afford to pay my premium, I will lose my health coverage which will mean I won’t be able to get chemotherapy and insulin. What an absolute outrage. Of course we can't afford the premiums. That is why we are on Medicaid. We have no choice. We work and are kept in poverty by medical needs/costs. Who thinks we would "choose" this? Who "chooses" cancer and diabetes and suffering and the resulting poverty?

Patients are already paying costs for items/services/products not covered by Medicaid. Our lives are already nearly impossible. Now, GOP politicians in Ohio are playing more games with healthcare for purely political reasons, as usual.

The constant filings with the Supreme Court to block healthcare access for working Americans did not serve as intended for the GOP in Congress, so now the states have to attempt to stop healthcare access. Killing Americans never makes any difference to the GOP--they serve insurers first. This is the well known history of the attempts to block healthcare for working Americans. It is the most horrendous activity our corrupt politicians engage in. 48,000 Americans died each year due to this corruption in Congress and the expansion of healthcare access under the Obama administration has saved millions of lives and tax dollars already.

Why should working, chronically-ill, poor Ohioans have to endure this additional insult from our taxpayer-supported political players? What on earth would prompt these wealthy GOP office occupants to take time to again attack the chronically ill, working poor in Ohio, wasting our tax dollars in this needless process? As Sen. Sherrod Brown has noted, this is, "...politics at its worst."
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