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Obamacare puts 400,000 Ohioans on Medicaid

From OhioWatchDog.org, By , October 21, 2014 –

Ohio’s Obamacare Medicaid numbers keep growing, reaching 401,307 in September, according to the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s latest caseload report.

Including Ohioans added retroactively, August enrollment was revised to 392,253 from the 367,395 reported last month. September enrollment in the Obamacare expansion was 12 percent higher than state officials expected, while revised August enrollment exceeded projections by 10 percent.

July enrollment, first reported as 338,707 and revised to 358,929 in last month’s report, was revised again to 376,156 — higher than the July 2015 enrollment projected by Gov. John Kasich.

Based on an Oct. 16 Ohio Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee estimate pegging costs per member per month at $630 for the 2015 fiscal year, Ohio’s Obamacare expansion ran $63.7 million over budget from July to September. Obamacare expansion in Ohio cost more than $250 million in September alone, and has set federal taxpayers back $1.7 billion since January.

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Statement by TPPF Executive Director Arlene Wohlgemuth

On Texas HHS Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs’ statement yesterday that Medicaid would require $15-17 billion in additional General Revenue during the 2014-15 biennium

Arlene Wohlgemuth

“Commissioner Suehs’ estimate is in line with what TPPF projected in our December 2010 report, Final Notice: Medicaid Crisis. Between the growth in caseload, surging medical costs, and the new mandates in ObamaCare, Medicaicaid will become the largest line item in the next Texas state budget and begin to crowd out priorities such as education.

“Sadly, the Texas Legislature has few good options to deal with this crisis. Texans pay federal taxes toward the Medicaid program, but only get our money back if our state complies with federal benefit and eligibility requirements that provide very little flexibility to the states.

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Medicaid to consume 50% of Texas state budget within next 30 years

Long-term projections in TPPF report show severe threat to Texas’ fiscal solvency

Arlene Wohlgemuth

AUSTIN – Texas’ Medicaid program is in a state of financial crisis, according to long-term caseload and cost models published today by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

“Even before the U.S. Congress substantially expanded Medicaid as part of ObamaCare, the Medicaid program was financially unsustainable,” said Arlene Wohlgemuth, Director of TPPF’s Center for Health Care Policy. “These new projections make clear that Medicaid will bankrupt Texas – and every other state – unless major structural changes are made.”

The Foundation commissioned Cato Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Jagadeesh Gokhale to develop 30-year caseload and cost projections for Texas’ Medicaid program so that Texas policymakers could understand the extent of Texas’ crisis. Dr. Gokhale’s findings, “Final Notice: Medicaid Crisis,” are available on the Foundation’s website, www.TexasPolicy.com. Continue reading →