Ohio’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion will continue until at least July, despite burning through $2.56 billion in federal funding four months early.
Unless enrollment drops abruptly, Medicaid expansion will be more than $1 billion over budget by the end of Ohio’s current fiscal year June 30. The expansion’s 492,121 January enrollment was 34 percent higher than state projections for July.
Even with the federal government reimbursing Ohio for all of the program’s benefit costs, how can the Ohio Department of Medicaid continue the Obamacare expansion without legislative approval?
ODM does not need a new Obamacare expansion appropriation because the agency “has broad authority under Ohio law to operate the Medicaid program,” Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee director Susan Ackerman told Ohio Watchdog via email.
“We don’t need no stinkin’ legislative approval” is as good a summation as any of the zeitgeist of the Age of Obama.