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August 11, 2016 (Cleveland)

Gutowski Weighs in on the Effects of New Healthy Ohio Medicaid Proposal

Tony GutowskiOn Friday, Aug. 5, The Center for Health Affairs’ government relations manager, Tony Gutowski, was quoted in a Cleveland 19 News article discussing the Healthy Ohio Medicaid waiver proposal heading to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In the piece, “Public commentary on ‘Healthy Ohio’ Medicaid changes open until Aug. 7,” Gutowski mentions the Ohio Department of Medicaid expects more than 120,000 people per year will lose coverage as a result of this program. “We have folks with low financial literacy to begin with and we are expecting them to manage their own health care spending, dealing with complex bureaucracy and HSAs,” said Gutowski. “They could easily get kicked off or charged a fee or forced to pay a banking fee, which could increase the likelihood of accruing medical debt and potentially damage their credit report.”

To read the full Cleveland 19 News article on the Healthy Ohio Medicaid waiver proposal,
click here.


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