Sep. 9—The DeWine administration is appealing to the federal government, seeking to have work requirements for Ohio Medicaid.
About 800,000 Ohioans are covered through Medicaid expansion and for more than five years, conservative lawmakers have been trying to require those covered Ohioans to document they either have a job, are in school or have an exemption.
"Eliminating reasonable requirements discourages people from becoming self-sufficient and only reinforces government dependency," DeWine said. "
About 3.2 million Ohioans are covered by the joint state-federal insurance program, including just under 800,000 covered by the expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act.
This includes around 43,200 people in
The Biden administration, when it issued its August decision, noted that people could lose coverage because of documentation errors or lack of awareness. Officials highlighted
State audits have found serious issues with the system and with backlog, including one report indicating that the error rate for determining Medicaid eligibility in the state was 43%, more than double the national average.
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