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STATEHOUSE - Senator Dave Burke (R–Marysville) today introduced legislation to serve as a comprehensive overhaul of Ohio’s Medicaid program.

“The cost of the Medicaid program grows each year, which is the heart of the Medicaid debate,” said Burke. “Every year, we see the program consume more of the state budget, and if we choose not to act, we’ll see our state financially strapped by just one piece of the budget.”

The legislation is broken into three prongs: cost containment, increased accountability, and improved health outcomes.

“Medicaid has no competitor,” added Burke. “The taxpayers pay the premium for this program and it is our responsibility in the General Assembly to ensure that the program is administered effectively and that the people’s hard-earned tax dollars are not wasted.”

 

In 2003, Medicaid spending accounted for 37% of the state budget. By the end of this biennium, the program’s share will have increased to nearly 50% of the state’s general revenue fund.

The bill adds accountability to ensure that the Medicaid program is administered in the most efficient way by covering the greatest number of enrollees through the lowest possible cost. The Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, made up of five members of the Ohio House of Representatives and five members of the Ohio Senate, will be responsible for this new oversight.

“This is a bill that looks beyond the legislative session and beyond anyone’s term in office,” added Burke. “This is a bill that strengthens our Medicaid program and makes it sustainable for the long term.

The legislation will be referred to committee in the coming days for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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