After lobbying from Gov. Ted Strickland, officials at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have given the go-ahead to a state plan to pay hospitals an additional $87 million this year for the care they provide to low-income Ohioans on Medicaid (Source: “Feds OK plan to let hospitals recoup Medicaid expense,” Columbus Dispatch, July 15, 2010).
The bulk payment, which will be disbursed to hospitals by the end of this month, and a 5-percent increase in Medicaid reimbursement fees effective in October were included in last year’s state budget to let hospitals recoup some of the money they were losing through a new state franchise fee.
The fee is projected to cost hospitals statewide $718 million over the two-year budget ending June 30, 2011. The two provisions aimed at offsetting that expense will let hospitals recoup $569 million, according to the Ohio Hospital Association.
Source: Ohio Health Policy Review, July 16, 2010.