As part of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s budget plan released Monday, the republican announced that he’ll push for expanding Ohio Medicaid services under the federal health care law.
The governor’s plan to expand the Medicaid program has some conservative leaning groups concerned. Opposition to the plan is largely centered on increased administrative costs for the state. And some say Medicaid funding is already unsustainable, so why expand the program? Seth Morgan is policy director of Americans for Prosperity – Ohio.
The plan is to make Ohio Medicaid a cabinet-level agency starting halfway through the next two year budget cycle on July 1, 2014. Right now Medicaid is housed in the Department of Job and Family Services, but is also administered by five other state agencies. Greg Moody is the head of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.
“We realized that the organization of the program itself was stifling innovation," says Moody.
Medicaid is a nearly $19 billion program – it’s a third of the state budget and growing. But Moody says this move isn’t designed to cut the budget.