The Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, a partnership between the Health Policy Institute of Ohio the Ohio State University, Regional Economic Models, Inc., and the Urban Institute released its preliminary findings on the impact of potentially expanding eligibility for Medicaid in Ohio.
A summary of the findings (revised Jan. 18, 2013) can be downloaded here
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act last June gave states the option to expand Medicaid eligibility for nearly all residents with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The preliminary findings provide state policy makers with an analysis of the impact of a potential Medicaid expansion on:
- The state budget
- Ohio jobs and earnings
- The number of uninsured in Ohio
- Health care costs for Ohio's employers and consumers
The data released this week is preliminary and subject to change. A more comprehensive brief with refined data and additional information will be released in mid-February.
The research is funded by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and the George Gund Foundation.
Media coverage of the study:
- Columbus Dispatch: "Study backs expanding Medicaid in Ohio"
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Ohio's Medicaid expansion will increase revenues, number of insured"
- Toledo Blade: "Analysis finds Ohio may see $1.4B gain by expanding Medicaid coverage"
- Dayton Daily News: "Expanding Medicaid could save Ohio big bucks, report says"
- Columbus Business First: "Health Policy Institute releases study on costs, savings of Ohio Medicaid expansion"
- Associated Press (via Business Week): "Study: Medicaid expansion a boon to Ohio at first"
- Hannah Report: "Nonpartisan Study Looks at Impact of Medicaid Expansion; Groups Respond"
- Gongwer News Service: "Report Outlines Costs, Savings, Revenue Tied To Expanding Medicaid Eligibility" (paywall)
Last week, HPIO also released "Policy considerations for Medicaid expansion in Ohio" (pdf, 12 pages), a policy brief that provides background on the issue of Medicaid expansion, outlines policy considerations and provides a summary analysis of the costs and benefits of a Medicaid expansion. An abbreviated primer (pdf, 8 pages) also is available.