Thursday, February 18, 2016

Increasing Medicaid Dependency Does Not Reduce "Uncompensated" Care

Robert Laszewski is a leading health insurance expert whom I often cite. However, in a recent article praising Ohio governor John Kasich he has made a serious error. Governor Kasich is one of only three Republican governors who took federal Obamacare money to expand Medicaid dependency. According to Mr. Laszewski:
On Medicaid, the Kasich administration helped 650,000 people whose uncovered health-care costs were being shifted onto and burdening employers and individuals struggling to pay their already-high health insurance costs. The administration enrolled them into a new Ohio Medicaid system that made 38 different reforms over five years. In 2015 alone, it saved Ohio taxpayers $1.9 billion compared with the original state-budget target. It held the program’s per capita cost growth below 3 percent while cutting the state’s uninsured rate in half.
The idea that people who cannot pay their hospitals bills are the major problem in driving American health costs is evidence-free.

Read more at NCPA's Health Policy Blog.

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