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.
The state is starting the process that will eventually require thousands of Ohioans to work 20 hours a week or lose their Medicaid benefits, after getting permission from the federal government earlier this year.
Governor Mike DeWine says the Ohio Department of Medicaid has received federal approval for it's Children's Health Insurance Program initiative, designed to enhance and expand Medicaid's lead abatement program.
The Ohio Inspector General's office says a full-time Department of Medicaid employee improperly used state hours and resources working a side job under a contract she was awarded by another state agency.