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How many Ohioans will benefit from Medicaid expansion?
It depends on who is doing the math

Jo Ingles
Policy Matters Ohio
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When Medicaid expansion was discussed in recent months, advocates said it would allow 275,000 low-income Ohioans to get on the program.

But when a legislative panel decided to accept $2.5 billion in federal money for the expansion earlier this week, a different number was being used.

State Medicaid leaders say 366,000 low-income Ohioans would benefit. Wendy Patton with Policy Matters says both figures are actually correct.

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“So that 366,000 number of people who would be eligible can be brought down by about 91,000 people the administration estimates  ... would be enrolled in the federal exchanges or the marketplace,” Patton said. “The,y too, would get insurance but it would be in the marketplace and it would be subsidized insurance. So the net number of newly eligible entrants to the Medicaid program under Medicaid expansion is 275,000."

But one group that opposes Medicaid expansion says both numbers are likely inaccurate. Gregg Lawson with the Buckeye Institute says a 2012 study by the Urban Institute shows up to 500,000 Ohioans could be added to the Medicaid program because of the expansion.

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