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Ohio to Begin Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Ahead of Schedule

December 19, 2013

Beginning on December 9, 2013, Ohio residents earning less than 133% of FPL will be able to enroll in Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, with coverage beginning January 1, 2014. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had approved Ohio’s proposal to expand Medicaid in October. This expansion will benefit low-income workers with disabilities who are not eligible for coverage through their employers or through other sources of Medicaid eligibility. 

A pending lawsuit may nevertheless halt Ohio’s quick progress toward implementing its Medicaid expansion. Six members of the Ohio House of Representatives and two non-profit organizations have petitioned the Ohio Supreme Court to block the Medicaid expansion, arguing that Ohio’s Medicaid authority is acting without authorization by the state legislature.

For more information about Ohio’s expansion plan, see http://www.healthtransformation.ohio.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=z9Hf8xCbqxw%3d&tabid=194

For more information about this lawsuit, see http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/11/state_defends_controlling_boar.html