Posted on 02/05/20 by Wendy Patton in Privatization
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Ohio’s Medicaid system got funding to improve administration by replacing an old information technology system. Originally this sounded like a good deal: The federal government covered most of the cost and the modern “touchless” system was to do most of the work, allowing county case workers to focus on helping clients.
It hasn’t been so easy. Director Maureen Corcoran of the Ohio Department of Medicaid recently sent a memo to the governor that highlighted a high rate of errors in processing applications and eligibility for important health services.
Many problems stem from glitches in the new... read more
Posted on 12/17/18 by Wendy Patton in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Legislators may dismantle Medicaid expansion shortly after Christmas
The lame duck session of the 132nd General Assembly may look like it’s winding down, but Republicans could roar back into town to dismantle Medicaid expansion. They have... read more
Posted on 09/20/18 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
Like the rest of the 2017 federal tax plan, the Opportunity Zone program will reduce taxes for wealthy people – but if done right, it could spark the revitalization of some of Ohio’s distressed communities.
Under... read more
Posted on 10/25/17 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
On Thursday, October 26, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the Senate budget resolution, clearing the path for a tax overhaul mirroring the plan announced by President Trump and GOP leadership a... read more
Posted on 06/28/17 by Wendy Patton in Transit
Public transit agencies provide 115 million rides every year for Ohioans who need to get to work, go shopping and see the doctor. The budget the General Assembly is sending to the Governor today proposes... read more
Posted on 06/08/17 by Wendy Patton in Revenue & Budget
The lean state budget proposed for state fiscal years 2018-19 is getting skinnier by the week, as state revenues continue to come up short of projections. The budget approved by the House would cut spending... read more
Posted on 03/16/17 by Wendy Patton in Economic Development
Initial analysis shows local governments, the Great Lakes, seniors and children at risk
President Trump’s budget plan contains many policy changes which will affect our public services and our daily lives across Ohio. For one thing,... read more
Posted on 10/24/16 by Wendy Patton in Basic Needs + Unemployment Insurance
Food aid kept 741,000 Ohio children from being hungry in 2014 – more than a quarter of our babies and toddlers, nearly a third of our elementary school kids and about a fifth of our... read more