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Know the facts on Medicaid

September 8, 2013
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

States now can choose to cover more citizens through Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act creates a new category of Medicaid benefits which would cover adults whose yearly income falls below 138 percent of the federal poverty level - about $15,800 for a single individual. Ohio lawmakers have not yet approved this change. Many are concerned about the costs to Ohio if expanded. There are also costs to Ohio if Medicaid is not expanded. For expanded Medicaid, the federal government will pay 100 percent for 2014, 2015 and 2016. After 2016 the federal match decreases on an annual basis to not less than 90 percent by 2020 and in later years. This "enhanced match" exceeds the current rate of 64-65 percent.



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