Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) has named State Senator Dave Burke (R–Marysville) Chairman of the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC), a bicameral, bipartisan legislative committee that was created as part of Senate Bill 206, sponsored by Senator Burke.

The role of JMOC will be to review and recommend policies and strategies to improve how the Medicaid program in Ohio relates to the public and private provision of health care coverage.

“The cost of Ohio’s Medicaid program is growing faster than any other item in the state budget and unless we act, the program will become unsustainable and incapable of serving the people who rely on it every day,” said Burke. “My duty as Chairman is to oversee the performance of the Medicaid system and implement a level of accountability to ensure progress toward meeting legislative goals while keeping costs low.”

Senate Bill 206 was authored on three pillars: accountability, health outcomes and sustainability. A first of its kind, JMOC enables the General Assembly to reinsert itself into the conversation on one of the largest of the state budget’s line items.

The legislation also specifically requires JMOC to contract with an actuary before the beginning of each fiscal biennium to determine the projected medical inflation rate for the upcoming fiscal biennium. Working in tandem with the actuary, JMOC will work to ensure long-term sustainability of the Medicaid program by targeting and containing costs.

Senator Burke will convene the first hearing of the JMOC committee in April.

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