Ohio seeks Medicaid waivers

Ohio will be seeking more waivers from the federal government to save money on the way it covers Medicaid enrollees, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

Gov. John Kasich has submitted one plan for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to put Medicaid enrollees into medical homes. If approved by CMS, the federal government would pay 90 percent of the cost of implementing that program, notes the article.

Kasich's administration also is hammering out a plan to better coordinate care for the state's "dual-eligibles"--those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

"What we are trying to find is where things are better for the people receiving care and better for the taxpayers," said Greg Moody, director of Ohio's Office of Health Transformation, notes the Dispatch. "That usually means a simpler, more-straightforward, and more-coordinated approach, but it's always a challenge to providers because they're used to a certain way of doing it."

Any new proposals will be submitted to CMS by September, officials said.

To learn more:
- read the Columbus Dispatch article