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Kasich Administration Advances Plan To Increase Medicaid Costs

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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Republican Governor John Kasich's administration is moving forward with plans to require more than 1 million low-income Ohioans to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid or potentially lose coverage.

House Republicans added the idea to the state budget enacted last summer.

The provision requires Kasich's administration to seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules so that Ohio can require certain Medicaid recipients to pay into a health-savings account regardless of their income. The plan requires federal approval.

Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the administration will make a draft of the waiver available for public comment beginning April 15. Officials then plan to incorporate feedback into the draft.

McCarthy said he tentatively plans to submit the proposal to Washington in mid-June.