By Jason Hart March 21, 2016 No Comments
Enrollment in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Medicaid expansion remains on track to double projections in the next few years. When opting to expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Kasich estimated that 447,000 Ohioans would sign up by 2020. Actual enrollment was 661,725 in February, based on the latest caseload report from the Ohio Department of Medicaid.
If ODM capped Obamacare expansion enrollment at its current level, the two-year-old program would already be 48 percent larger than the Kasich administration said it would be after seven years.
Before Kasich expanded Medicaid eligibility, a study from Tennessee suggested the expansion — which adds working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities to the welfare rolls — would shrink Ohio’s labor force.
The Republican governor paid no heed to the Tennessee study, and also disregarded an Oregon study published in The New England Journal of Medicine concluding Medicaid expansion had no measurable impact on health outcomes. [continue reading]
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