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The Health Policy Institute of Ohio has released a new fact sheet, “Ohio Medicaid Basics Update: Trends in Enrollment and Expenditures During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, enrollment in, spending on and federal funding for Ohio Medicaid have increased significantly. Drawing from the foundational information provided in HPIO’s Ohio Medicaid Basics 2021 policy brief, this fact sheet provides information on:

  • Changes to the Medicaid program due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Enrollment changes during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Ohio Medicaid spending during the COVID-19 pandemic

“Ohio policymakers must be agile in their response to new challenges facing Medicaid enrollees as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, including the end of the (public health emergency) and potential loss of Medicaid eligibility for tens of thousands of Ohioans,” the fact sheet concludes. “State policymakers and other stakeholders must also balance the benefits of the Medicaid program with budgetary and administrative challenges to improve health, achieve equity and promote sustainable healthcare spending in Ohio.”