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Ohio Medicaid Asks Feds For Waivers

Apr 16, 2020

Ohio is asking for permission from the feds to fast-track some rules and exceptions in Medicaid related to the COVID-19 crisis. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the state is asking for a pair of waivers that many other states are already using.

Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran says one waiver would give the state flexibility with certain health care programs.

“We can make some exceptions related to certain hospital rules and emergency rooms. We can do some things to streamline eligibility and not require face-to-face – for example, allow more things to be done over the phone.”

Ohio has already expanded telehealth for doctors, psychologists, counselors and other medical professionals, so patients can see them virtually and not in emergency rooms or health care facilities. The state has also applied for a waiver that will allow for the expansion of home and community based services for the elderly and disabled and temporary payments to family caregivers.