OHCA Advocates for Rate Relief
Advocates for Rate Relief
the Ohio General Assembly prepares to consider Governor Kasich's Mid-Biennium
Budget Review (MBR) legislation, OHCA is requesting Medicaid rate relief for
hard-pressed members. According to state figures, spending on skilled nursing
facility care through the first six months of the biennium was $39 million less
than the already reduced amount that the state had budgeted. Our request simply
would ensure that the planned amount is spent by raising the direct care price
to a level that would fit the original appropriation. We are pointing out that
not only were SNFs' Medicaid payments cut by $360 million for the biennium,
they also sustained a $400 million Medicare cut. As a result, thousands of
caregivers have lost their jobs, and some Ohio SNFs have been forced to close.
Moving the unspent dollars into the direct care price would help prevent
additional job reductions and preserve quality care for patients. We currently
are educating members of the General Assembly in preparation for the MBR.