Medicaid funding request clears Ohio’s Controlling Board

Written on Nov 02, 2017

In a unanimous vote Oct. 30, Ohio's Controlling Board approved the state Medicaid director's request for $264 million in state funding needed to qualify for $638 million in federal matching funds.

The panel was given unusual authority over Medicaid spending in Ohio's latest state budget.

The Kasich administration had said that without funding approval, it would have to cut provider payments 16% beginning in January to keep the state budget in balance. Without the cuts, the agency projected it would run out of money by May 2018 and be unable to pay providers.

The decision affects 3 million people covered by state Medicaid programs.

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