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Ohio U.S. House Democrats Urge Gov. DeWine to Reject Medicaid Block Grant Proposal

February 11, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), and Joyce Beatty (OH-03) today urged Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to reject Medicaid block grants for the state of Ohio. On January 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a plan, entitled “Healthy Adult Opportunity,” encouraging states to block grant Medicaid funding. 

In their letter to Governor DeWine, the Members noted research “indicates instituting a per capita cap for Medicaid in Ohio would likely increase the state’s financial risk, decrease its authority over program design, reduce access to services, eliminate long-standing oversight protections, and encourage institutionalization of older adults.”

Pointing to the Administration’s repeated efforts to cut Medicaid, the Members added, “the plan to allow state Medicaid block grants further demonstrates the Administration’s clear commitment to gutting social service programs and access to health care for our most vulnerable.”

The Members urged Governor DeWine to “support Ohio’s Medicaid expansion population and reject proposals aimed at weakening this critical, life-saving program.” 

The text of the letter can be found here.