Medicaid

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The state is moving mental health and addiction services for low-income Ohioans into Medicaid managed care by July 1, but providers say this huge redesign is straining their finances and could shut them down. But a key lawmaker involved in legislation relating to this redesign says it’s unlikely to be delayed.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new report suggests improving access to food might cut Medicaid costs in Ohio.

A study from The Center of Community Solutions found that tying food access with healthcare programs could help fight food insecurity.  

Loren Anthes is the author of the report and says there are many options for reducing food insecurity in Ohio.

The logo of The Ohio Council Of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers.
The Ohio Council Of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers.

The state is moving mental health and addiction services for low-income Ohioans into Medicaid-managed care by July 1. It’s the biggest and most complicated change the behavioral health system in Ohio has ever seen.

A survey of more than a hundred of those providers shows the redesign is straining their finances and could shut them down. 

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, April 5:

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JO INGLES / WKSU public radio

Gov. John Kasich has signed the new two-year $2.6 billion capital budget at the site of a planned mental and behavioral health hospital in Columbus. The hospital is one of the investments included in that spending plan. But Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, Kasich issued a warning of sorts, too.

Kasich said his decision to expand Medicaid has allowed many Ohioans to get addiction and mental health treatment. And he urged continuation of that program once he leaves office.

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