State Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed Amended Substitute Senate Bill 206, legislation to modernize Ohio’s Medicaid program and require the implementation of certain Medicaid revisions, reforms and program oversight.

Am. Sub. S.B. 206 maintains a focus on accountability, cost effectiveness, and improved health outcomes for Ohioans. According to the legislation, the Office of Health Transformation and the Department of Medicaid would:
• Adopt strategies to prioritize employment as a goal for individuals participating in government programs providing public benefits
• Institute cost-sharing requirements that do not disproportionately impact the ability for Medicaid recipients with chronic illnesses to seek care
• Limit the growth in per member per month (PMPM) cost by improving the physical and mental health of recipients, provide services in a cost-effective and sustainable manner, implement fraud and abuse prevention, and reduce health disparities, among other duties

“This legislation makes wise changes that will save on costs and help Medicaid to run more smoothly in Ohio,” Rep. Romanchuk said. “These changes are long overdue.”

The legislation calls for the creation of a Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC)—which would consist of five members of the Ohio House of Representatives and five members of the Ohio Senate—to oversee the new accountability measures.

Am. Sub. S.B. 206 will move back to the Senate for concurrence.


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