Earlier this week, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio released Ohio Medicaid Basics 2021.
Medicaid pays for healthcare services for more than three million Ohioans with low incomes, including almost 1.3 million children. Federal and state expenditures on Medicaid accounted for about 38% of Ohio’s budget in state fiscal year 2020. And $1 out of every $6 spent on health care in the U.S. is spent on Medicaid.
As the payor of healthcare services for more than a quarter of all Ohioans, Medicaid can be leveraged to make large-scale policy changes that impact the health of residents.
Released to coincide with the state biennial budget, Ohio Medicaid Basics provides a foundational summary of the state-federal program. The 2021 edition provides an overview of Ohio Medicaid eligibility, enrollment and financing. The brief also includes an update of significant changes to Ohio Medicaid in the past year.
HPIO has created Medicaid Basics every two years since 2005.