20,000 Ohioans could lose medicaid coverage under new proposal

20,000 Ohioans could lose medicaid coverage under new proposal

NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) - Nearly 20,000 Ohioans could lose Medicaid coverage under work requirements proposed Friday afternoon by state officials.

"While the Kasich administration constructed a waiver to meet the demands of the State House, today's proposal leaves a lot of questions regarding cost, coverage and its impact on Ohioans' health," said Loren Anthes, a Public Policy Fellow with the Medicaid Policy Center at the Center for Community Solutions in a prepared statement.

The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced details of the proposal, which would require Medicaid recipients to work or to participate in a community engagement activity for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

"As a former Ohio Medicaid director I believe the expansion of Medicaid was a historic achievement for Ohio and the health of its citizens; I'll evaluate this waiver using three prongs: whether people lose coverage, how much it will cost taxpayers to implement and its impact on people's health," said John Corlett, the President of  the Center for Community Solutions, in a prepared statement.

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