Last fall, Ohio became the 25th state to file a state plan amendment to extend Medicaid benefits to approximately 275,000 Ohioans who previously were not eligible for the program. In doing so, Ohio also agreed to accept an additional $2.5 billion in federal Medicaid payments. The Kasich administration believes the move will improve Medicaid and lower the rate of increase in costs to 3.3 percent annually from almost 9 percent a year before Kasich took office. Before the expansion, about 2.4 million Ohioans relied on Medicaid for healthcare.
From January 1 through February, 54,031 Ohioans, or roughly 15 percent of the 366,000 people the state projected would be newly eligible through June of 2015 have gained access to the program.