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Ohio Medicaid rolls continue to increase, due to the pandemic and economic fallout associated with it (Source: “Ohio Medicaid rolls climbing toward 3 million again,” Cleveland.com, July 28, 2020).

In June, 2.98 million low-income Ohioans were enrolled in Medicaid, up from 2.92 million in May and 2.88 million in April, according to the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s caseload report.

The program tends to get more enrollees as the economy gets worse. Ohio’s strong economy over the past couple of years has resulted in lower numbers of beneficiaries. The last time Ohio Medicaid had 3 million enrollees was January 2018.