The Ohio House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee today held a hearing today at the MetroHealth main campus in Cleveland, focusing on the topics of Medicaid and aging.

“This hearing focused on the innovations and complexities of the Medicaid and Aging populations in Ohio,” said Chairman Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City). “Committee members learned about how hospitals, care providers, and organizations are using their resources for a more cost-effective approach to these topics. These models will be examined by the legislature as we proceed to find efficiencies in the healthcare sector. I would like to thank the many individuals that came out to testify."

Among the individuals who testified before the bipartisan panel of legislators were Ohio Department of Medicaid Director John McCarthy and Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie Kantor-Burman.

"Today's witnesses come from a variety of disciplines with a wealth of experience in administering care,” said Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Twp.), who serves on the committee. “I'm grateful for everyone who traveled to Northeast Ohio to share their expertise with the committee and the individuals in the audience."

Following the September hearings, the committee will issue a report of its findings and testimony to the General Assembly, which will be available to the public and will help House members in their consideration of potential legislation in the future.

Throughout the month of September, the study committee has traveled the state, listening to testimony centered on improving health outcomes and lowering costs for Ohio families. Members held hearings in Sylvania and Portsmouth prior to today’s hearing. The summer schedule concludes September 22nd in Fairfield.

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