From OhioWatchDog.org, By Jason Hart, 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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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
“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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