The federal health care marketplace is set to open Oct. 1, and Ohio organizations are scrambling to prepare. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, almost all Americans will be required to have health care either through an employer, through a private insurer, or through a state- or federally-run marketplace. The marketplaces will essentially be regulated online shopping centers where consumers can compare health plans and find out whether they qualify for federal subsidies.
The discussion over extending Medicaid came to Dayton this week. Members of the Ohio Senate Finance Subcommittee came to CareSource to hear how Medicaid expansion would affect Ohioans and the state’s bottom line. Emily McCord speaks with WYSO's economics reporter, Lewis Wallace, who reports that health care advocates point to a study that shows Ohio can expand Medicaid while saving money at the same time.
In preparation for the health care exchange element of the federal Affordable Care Act, the government will designate groups as navigator to help guide people through the system. But there are non-profit groups who say an Ohio law leaves them out of the process.
Soon the federal government will announce which groups can operate as navigators in Ohio, these are people who will help answer consumer questions about the Affordable Care Act and the health plans Ohioans can choose.
The federal sequestration is having a negative impact on Ohio’s public health programs. But Dr. Ted Wymyslo says it’s hard, at this point, to know exactly how much money programs are losing. He says the department has been waiting since early March to learn specifics about the cuts that will be put in place because the federal government has decided to cut back on program funding.
Ohio officials are taking a hands-off approach when it comes to promoting the federal health care law.
Ohio's insurance department says no marketing, advertising or outreach efforts are in the works by the state.
That will mean it'll be left up to providers, health centers, and others to get the word out about the law to the more than 1.5 million uninsured Ohioans. Enrollment for new benefits begins in October.
Republican Gov. John Kasich has opted to let the federal government run the state's new health insurance marketplace.