Notwithstanding significant support from the private sector and philanthropy, government at all levels remains the single greatest financial contributor to the health of at-risk populations, including children, the elderly, and the poor. Through strategic initiatives in the area of health policy, the Foundation seeks to support projects that maximize the effectiveness of government in meeting its safety-net obligations and the obligations of the Affordable Care Act.
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The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation commends the Governor for including Medicaid expansion in his executive budget for 2013-2014
In June 2012, the United States Supreme Court made it optional for states to extend Medicaid coverage to adults making $15,415 or less per year (138 percent of poverty). The Governor has weighed the options and has chosen the path that is best for Ohio. The Executive budget extends Medicaid coverage to low-income adults up to 138 percent of poverty. The federal government will pay 100 percent of this cost for three years, decreasing to 90 percent in 2020 and beyond. The attention now shifts to the legislature and ongoing outreach and education is needed about the net gains of this economic investment and improving the health of Ohioans by providing coverage to the uninsured.
- The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation is disappointed to see inaction in Columbus on Medicaid expansion despite such broad support from the faith based community, health providers, consumers, hospitals, businesses, and philanthropy. There is no policy decision that has greater potential to improve health access and improve the health status of Ohioans than that of extending Medicaid coverage. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STATEMENT FROM MITCHELL BALK (PDF)
- Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation Medicaid Expansion white paper (PDF)
- Philanthropy Ohio Health Initiative Testimony (March 14, 2013) provided to House Finance, Health and Human Services Subcommittee by Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation (PDF)
- Philanthropy Ohio Health Initiative Testimony (May 2, 2013) provided to Senate Finance, Medicaid Subcommittee by Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation (PDF)
- Office of Health Transformation budget resources on Medicaid Expansion
- Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition (Word Doc)
- City of Cleveland Resolution Supporting Medicaid Expansion (Word Doc)
- City of Olmsted Falls Resolution Supporting Medicaid Expansion (Word Doc)
- Making Cuyahoga County Stronger with Healthy Communities (Advocates for Ohio's Future) (PDF)
- The Facts: Medicaid Access in Northeast Ohio (The Center for Health Affairs) (PDF)
- Medicaid Expansion Would Provide Coverage to Uninsured Veterans
- Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium Supports Medicaid Expansion (PDF)
- HPIO Study, funded in part by the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation that was instrumental in Governor's decision to expand Medicaid. The study by HPIO, the Ohio State University, Urban Institute, and Regional Economic Models, Inc (REMI) was a foundation-funded study including support from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. The study concluded:
- A Medicaid expansion would generate new state Medicaid costs, but
- Considering the state budget savings and increased state revenues, a Medicaid expansion would improve the Ohio state budget picture in 2014-2022.
- State savings due to the Medicaid expansion would exceed the relatively modest net state costs resulting from the other Affordable Care Act (federal health reform) provisions.
- A Medicaid expansion would reduce the number of uninsured, increase Ohio employment and earnings, improve county finances, and lower health care costs for Ohio's employers and residents.
- Small Business Majority, Medicaid Expansion: Impact on Ohio’s Economy & Small Businesses (PDF)
- Jackson Hewitt Study – States who refuse to expand their Medicaid programs for the poor may cost employers in their states as much as $1.3 billion in federal fines, a study found.
- State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), University of Minnesota report with state-specific estimates of low-income individuals who will remain uninsured after ACA Implementation.
- Ohio Consumers for Coverage Northeast Ohio, Saving American Lives, Real Health Care Stories 2012
- Impact of Medicaid Expansion for Low-Income Communities of Color
- Key Considerations in Evaluating the ACA Medicaid Expansion for States
- MHAC Remains Committed to Medicaid Expansion (PDF)
- Cuyahoga County Council Open letter to Ohio House Representatives regarding Medicaid Expansion and Cuyahoga County's Citizens
- VIDEO: Healthy Ohioans Work
- First Suburbs Consortium resolution supporting Medicaid Expansion (PDF)
- "MetroHealth leads the way with Medicaid expansion"
- Center for Community Solutions fact sheet highlighting the benefits of the Medicaid expansion for OH (PDF)
- Medicaid Outcomes: better than being uninsured (OSU Study)
- Fathers Call on Lawmakers to Expand Medicaid On the Eve of Father’s Day Weekend - Fathers Express Concern for Access to Health Care
- Ohio Health Issue Poll supports Medicaid Expansion
- Summary of SB145/HB208 (Word Doc)
- Watch ProgressOhio's "Ohioans Unite for Healthy Communities" video
HPIO has also released county level data and Ohio Access Basics which are available at http://www.healthpolicyohio.org/.
Ohio Outreach and Enrollment – ACA Marketplace and New Coverage Options
The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has created an online resource page titled Ohio and the federally facilitated marketplace to serve as a central repository for tools and resources about the new health insurance exchange. Among the resources included on the page are:
- Tools for understanding how the marketplace operates, including how to calculate tax credits and subsidies
- Links to sites for finding marketplace enrollment assistance
- HPIO publications on the impact of the marketplace on Ohio
In addition to the marketplace resource page, HPIO also recently updated its resource page titled Understanding the Affordable Care Act, which includes additional resources that provide an overview of the law and its impact on Ohio.
Presentation by Mt. Sinai re: ACA New Coverage Options: Outreach and Enrollment - presentation by Jodi Mitchell, Mt. Sinai Health Policy Program Officer (updated 12/11/13). View the presentation (PDF)