Ohio Medicaid

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Gov. John Kasich continues to be concerned about the future of Medicaid expansion, even though he’s out of office in five months. He’s defending the program he pushed past skeptical state lawmakers in 2013 through a new study and through people who are in it.

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OHIO MEDICAID

Ohio Medicaid is telling its five managed care plans to sever their contracts with two pharmacy benefits managers and to work up new deals by the beginning of the year. It’s a sudden change for the agency.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, June 2:

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OHIO ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS

In two weeks, mental health and addiction services for low-income Ohioans will be moved into Medicaid managed care. Many behavioral health and family services providers say this huge change is straining their finances. But the group that represents Ohio’s health insurers says the move can’t be delayed.

Ohio is expanding Medicaid coverage for acupuncture. Last fall it began approving payment for the non-drug pain treatment if it was provided by medical doctors.  

But thousands more practitioners will be included in the New Year.

Under the new rules, up to 30 acupuncture treatments a year by chiropractors can be covered.