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State Submits Medicaid Waiver

State officials say most Ohioans covered under Medicaid expansion will remain insured without changes under new work requirements submitted to the federal government for approval.

The Medicaid waiver  details Ohio's plan for imposing a work and community engagement requirement lawmakers passed last summer. It requires enrollees to work unless they're over age 55, a student, seeking substance abuse treatment or have serious physical or mental health issues. The governor's Office of Health Transformation says 36 thousand Ohioans - or 5 percent of expansion enrollees - will need to find work to keep insurance. Most of the 700 thousand Ohioans covered under the expansion are already employed.
The waiver approval process could take two to three years to complete.

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