Reports differ on Medicaid changes House made to Ohio budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Cleveland-based organization led by Ohio’s former Medicaid director says House changes to the Medicaid program in the state budget could result in hundreds of thousands losing health coverage.

A report released recently from John Corlett of the Center for Community Solutions examines a provision in the bill that would require children and adults to contribute monthly to a health-savings account or lose Medicaid benefits.

Corlett tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1Fd3TpD ) that the plan could result in poor children getting dropped the health program for an entire year if their parents were late with a payment.

The Senate is reviewing the budget and considering its own revisions.

The conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions has said the House changes would make the Medicaid program better.

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