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Greater Cleveland Partnership urging state leaders to expand Medicaid

Cleveland, Ohio—The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and business organizations from across Ohio are calling on state leaders to restore the Medicaid expansion language to the budget bill, which, last week was scrapped by the Ohio House. After engaging its members, GCP announced the organization’s support of Medicaid expansion in January. Governor Kasich included Medicaid expansion in his budget proposal in early February.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (ACA) provides states and option to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). The federal government will pay 100 percent of the associated costs for the first three years, gradually stepping down to 90 percent thereafter.

Business groups are concerned the pace of growth in health care costs will accelerate if Ohio fails to expand Medicaid. Healthcare providers face massive cuts as federal Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments are slashed to fund Medicaid expansion. In Ohio, these cuts could amount to as much as a quarter billion dollars annually. Without expansion, providers will be forced to shift these costs to paying customers. This will unnecessarily drive up the cost of health care coverage for businesses in the state.

GCP is urging its members to contact their state legislators. For more information or to get involved, please call 216.592.2244.

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The Greater Cleveland Partnership mobilizes private-sector leadership, expertise and resources to create attractive business conditions that create jobs, grow investment and improve the economic prosperity of the region.
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