The Controlling Board today approved a measure that will allow the State of Ohio to spend federal-only funds to extend Medicaid coverage in Ohio beginning January 1, 2014. As we reported in earlier posts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently approved the state’s request to amend its Medicaid State Plan to cover an additional 275,000 Ohioans under an expansion of the Medicaid program. Today’s 5-2 Controlling Board vote makes Ohio the 25th state plus the District of Columbis to approve a Medicaid expansion.
However, it does not appear as though the issue is completely settled, as some opponents of expansion are planning to sue, challenging the authority and constitutionality of the Controlling Board. Continue to watch this space for updates.