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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: #210569 on Jul 18th 2016 12:31 pm
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:

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
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