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Ohio Medicaid Recipients in Danger of Losing Vital Services

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Lack of Budget Increase Means Loss of Important Medical Services to Vulnerable Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio - May 20, 2019 - eTradeWire -- Ohio's population is at serious risk of losing vital medical services because state plan home health services are being reimbursed less than 1998.

Patient Impact

While there have been increases in the Ohio Medicaid budget, vital state plan home health care services have been left out of consideration for necessary budget increases that will ensure  patients who are at home continue to receive home health services. It is a crucial time to get an increase in the Ohio Senate's version of the budget; otherwise home health agencies are seriously considering dropping Medicaid patients because they can no longer cover gaps in cost.

Necessary Action

Joe Russell, Executive Director of the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice, said "We're at the point where we need to seriously consider what the state will do if thousands of vulnerable Ohioans are left without the ability to stay home, and Medicaid spending explodes from the need to use most costly care to serve these individuals."   Caring for individuals at home is far more cost effective than placing them into a facility.

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Craig Colton, CEO at Patriot Homecare, testified to the House Sub-Committee, "I have great confidence that the compassionate people that have taken the time to participate in these proceedings will address this pending crisis, not only for the benefit of the Medicaid population in Ohio that depends on them, but for the continued solvency of the Medicaid program."  Colton continued, "Without this action, our ability to serve the Medicaid population will continue to dwindle, a prospect that is heartbreaking."

Debra A. Studer, Regional Director at Interim HealthCare in Eastern Ohio, stated in her testimony to the State Senate, "The low rates have now created critical access issues for some patients and has left many people without the ability to get home care services. In fact, skilled home health rates are the same today as they were in 1998."

         Concerned Ohioans are encouraged to reach out to their State Senator as soon as possible to include a 10% budget increase in HB 166 that will protect vulnerable patients who will lose essential home health care services if the necessary funds are not provided to Medicaid by the state.

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For more information, press only:

Joshua Wagner

(614) 885-0434 x 205

Josh@ochch.org

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