Kasich launches office to ovesee Medicaid overhaul

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Gov. John Kasich today announced creation of a new office to oversee a sweeping overhaul of Ohio's $15.4 billion Medicaid program.
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1 - 16 of 16 Comments Last updated Jan 15, 2011
Progressive Ohioan

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 13, 2011
"Office of Health Transformation"?? Yeah right. Kasuck is going to transform our disabled and elderly health care patients into profits and inside bid jobs for his cronies in the health fields. This is yet another attempt to prvatize or centralize services so that he can control them. Oh andhe'll kick off some people along the way. Watch this rat at every move !
Sad Days

Zanesville, OH

#2 Jan 13, 2011
"Gov. John Kasich today announced creation of a new office to oversee"
What happen to smaller government? What happen to cutting cost? This sounds like bigger government control and bigger cost to me.
Stater

Columbus, OH

#3 Jan 13, 2011
How much is this new office going to cost?

There goes the $300K saved from his office...

BS!!
TICON

Westerville, OH

#4 Jan 13, 2011
Just eliminate Medicaid. When you have termites in your house, you have to eliminate all of them.
Just the Facts

Columbus, OH

#5 Jan 13, 2011
Progressive Ohioan wrote:
"Office of Health Transformation"?? Yeah right. Kasuck is going to transform our disabled and elderly health care patients into profits and inside bid jobs for his cronies in the health fields. This is yet another attempt to prvatize or centralize services so that he can control them. Oh andhe'll kick off some people along the way. Watch this rat at every move !
Ah, do not like having your progressive language used by others...huh?! lol.

What goes around, comes around.

Lets Get Ohio Working Again.
Make the tough decision NOW!
Just the Facts.
Johns_Tough_Nut_ to_Crack

Columbus, OH

#6 Jan 13, 2011
"Medicaid brings new funding to the state through federal matching dollars. This match means that for each dollar of reduction in Ohio’s Medicaid spending, the state’s health care system loses $2.40"
The below link is a project of Health Policy Institute of Ohio. The Institute is an independent, nonpartisan organization that forecasts health trends,analyzes key health issues, and communicates current research to Ohio policymakers,legislators, and other decision makers.
http://www.healthpolicyohio.org/publications/...
jmartina

Dayton, OH

#7 Jan 13, 2011
Finally, a Governor that will stop this out-of-control spending on the leaches of society. This should have been done long ago, instead of giving welfare recipients a bonus of $100 right before the 2010 elections .. STRICKLAND!!!! What a total joke he was....
Uncivil Servant

Columbus, OH

#8 Jan 14, 2011
Johns_Tough_Nut_to_Crack wrote:
The below link is a project of Health Policy Institute of Ohio. The Institute is an independent, nonpartisan organization that forecasts health trends,analyzes key health issues, and communicates current research to Ohio policymakers,legislators, and other decision makers.
http://www.healthpolicyohio.org/publications/...
Yeah, right. HPIO is so nonpartisan that Strickland's former human services hack Amy Rohling McGee took over as President. At least when Bill Hayes was HPIO President, there was someone at the helm who knew about health and human services policy--unlike Ms. Rohling McGee, who has admitted to knowing nothing on more occasions than I can count. HPIO also had a highly trained research staff back in the day when that agency might legitimately claim nonpartisanship, but Amy doesn't need no stinkin' research to tell her anything about the realities of health care financing--she just has to stay on top of her party's health care talking points.
Anovagrrl52

Columbus, OH

#9 Jan 14, 2011
I don't know if anyone outside the field of health and human services can begin to appreciate how bureaucratically entrenched Ohio Medicaid has been under both Republicans and Democrats. What's unique about Kasich is that he's challenging the status quo, even in his own party. The real test is to see whether Kasich is as tough as he talks, because he's in for a hell of a battle from vested interests such as the nursing home industry and other some of the nonprofits that want to feed at the public trough without accountability. You are misinformed if you think the current structure of Ohio Medicaid delivers the best possible care in the most efficient, cost-effective manner. This new office isn't about cutting off assistance to poor, sick, disabled folks--it's been charged with making a bloated bureaucracy and service delivery system accountable to the taxpayers and people they serve.
steve

Cincinnati, OH

#10 Jan 14, 2011
Folks, let's remember (before referring to folks as leaches) that the vast majority of dollars spent in this system are for the elderly and signficantly disabled. Both groups would change their situations if they could, but they can't. Each one of us has to decide if we care about that or not and to what level----but enough of the smearing of good people who are in tough situations!

“Patience and Snow”

Since: Jan 11

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#11 Jan 14, 2011
Anovagrrl52 wrote:
I don't know if anyone outside the field of health and human services can begin to appreciate how bureaucratically entrenched Ohio Medicaid has been under both Republicans and Democrats. What's unique about Kasich is that he's challenging the status quo, even in his own party. The real test is to see whether Kasich is as tough as he talks, because he's in for a hell of a battle from vested interests such as the nursing home industry and other some of the nonprofits that want to feed at the public trough without accountability. You are misinformed if you think the current structure of Ohio Medicaid delivers the best possible care in the most efficient, cost-effective manner. This new office isn't about cutting off assistance to poor, sick, disabled folks--it's been charged with making a bloated bureaucracy and service delivery system accountable to the taxpayers and people they serve.
Bravo! These are my sentiments and observations as well. Allowing the appropriate amount of scepticism, we should give the new governor a chance to prove us all wrong.

Maybe one of his first big tests is with the nursing home lobby. Never underestimate Pete Van Runkle. And never underestimate the thickheadedness of the General Assembly members as a whole.
Grace Burns

Chillicothe, OH

#12 Jan 14, 2011
Uncivil Servant wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, right. HPIO is so nonpartisan that Strickland's former human services hack Amy Rohling McGee took over as President. At least when Bill Hayes was HPIO President, there was someone at the helm who knew about health and human services policy--unlike Ms. Rohling McGee, who has admitted to knowing nothing on more occasions than I can count. HPIO also had a highly trained research staff back in the day when that agency might legitimately claim nonpartisanship, but Amy doesn't need no stinkin' research to tell her anything about the realities of health care financing--she just has to stay on top of her party's health care talking points.
Thank you, oh heir to the heritage of Quentin Crisp.
ohiocols

Columbus, OH

#13 Jan 14, 2011
Just the Facts wrote:
<quoted text>
Ah, do not like having your progressive language used by others...huh?! lol.
What goes around, comes around.
Lets Get Ohio Working Again.
Make the tough decision NOW!
Just the Facts.
KASICH IS RIGHT ! What we need to do is cut ALL taxes on multi-millionaires transferring their millions to their kids. These taxes are unfair to multi-millionaires. THIS IS UNFAIR !!!!

To balance the budget and offset the loss of these unfair revenues, we need to cut Medicare Payments to the Disabled Poor. Ohio SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD to offer healthcare to the disabled poor. How could we afford this? We can't. It's obvious. THERE IS NO OBVIOUS SOLUTION. Millionaire taxes have to be cut...and we can't affort to provide healthcare to the poor and disabled. The only logical solution:

If your are disabled and poor, then they need to get the heck out of Ohio...go to one of the other 30 Industrialized first world countries, where the citizens are suckers and pay for disabled poor people's healthcare. Ohio cannot afford this. And we MUST ELIMINATE THE UNFAIR TAX on Millionaires. This is very obvious stuff, and thanks to Ka-Sick, we are FINALLY GOING TO GET OUR PRIOIRITIES STRAIGHT ! GO REPUBLICANS !!!
GO BUCKEYE STATE !!!! GO MILLIONARES !!! Disabled / Poor...you suck....get the heck out of our state !
Grace Burns

Chillicothe, OH

#14 Jan 14, 2011
ohiocols wrote:
<quoted text>
KASICH IS RIGHT ! What we need to do is cut ALL taxes on multi-millionaires transferring their millions to their kids. These taxes are unfair to multi-millionaires. THIS IS UNFAIR !!!!
To balance the budget and offset the loss of these unfair revenues, we need to cut Medicare Payments to the Disabled Poor. Ohio SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD to offer healthcare to the disabled poor. How could we afford this? We can't. It's obvious. THERE IS NO OBVIOUS SOLUTION. Millionaire taxes have to be cut...and we can't affort to provide healthcare to the poor and disabled. The only logical solution:
If your are disabled and poor, then they need to get the heck out of Ohio...go to one of the other 30 Industrialized first world countries, where the citizens are suckers and pay for disabled poor people's healthcare. Ohio cannot afford this. And we MUST ELIMINATE THE UNFAIR TAX on Millionaires. This is very obvious stuff, and thanks to Ka-Sick, we are FINALLY GOING TO GET OUR PRIOIRITIES STRAIGHT ! GO REPUBLICANS !!!
GO BUCKEYE STATE !!!! GO MILLIONARES !!! Disabled / Poor...you suck....get the heck out of our state !
One teensy correction. Medicare doesn't make payments to individuals, whether poor or disabled or whatever. Well, a second point of clarification--Medicare is the federal government's baby; Kasich has nothing to do with it.

Other than that, it is clear you have given this a lot of thought and are passionate about the subjects.
Willow

Cambridge, OH

#15 Jan 14, 2011
Anovagrrl52 wrote:
I don't know if anyone outside the field of health and human services can begin to appreciate how bureaucratically entrenched Ohio Medicaid has been under both Republicans and Democrats. What's unique about Kasich is that he's challenging the status quo, even in his own party. The real test is to see whether Kasich is as tough as he talks, because he's in for a hell of a battle from vested interests such as the nursing home industry and other some of the nonprofits that want to feed at the public trough without accountability. You are misinformed if you think the current structure of Ohio Medicaid delivers the best possible care in the most efficient, cost-effective manner. This new office isn't about cutting off assistance to poor, sick, disabled folks--it's been charged with making a bloated bureaucracy and service delivery system accountable to the taxpayers and people they serve.
Well saod Anovagrrl52! I hope Kasich and his team will look at the 10 state-operated developmental centers. They only serve the Unions and the highly-paid administrators....they are about protecting jobs and not the people they claim to "serve". They segregate the individuals from the community. The system is very dysfunctional-- allowing for the abuse and neglect of a very vulnerable population. They are truly corrupt places! Yes-- make this very bloatd bureaucracy accountable to the taxpayers and the people they serve. They need to be exposed!!
One developmental center only houses 100-103 individuals and the cost to operate the center is around 17 million per year! The administration are shakin in their shows with the election of Kasich and they should be! I'm sure Kasich and his team have seen that other states no longer have costly state-operated institutions for the intellectually/developmentally disabled....and the cost of home and community based services are more cost effective....and they do not segregate the people from their communities.
Kasich and his team need to make "unannounced visits" to the developmental centers....one evening after business hours or one Sat. morning and see what they find. It will be no different than when Geraldo exposed Willowbrook in 1972.
It is very apparent that Kasich and his team plan to merge several of these state agencies like other states....it makes sense and will make for more efficient outcomes.
I hope Kasich is true to his word when he says he is a "public servant" to the people.
I will tell you Director John Martin has not been a "public servant" to the people in DCs or his Deputy Director....they have been about political agenda and "looking good" at the cost of the vulnerable and the voiceless.

“Patience and Snow”

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#16 Jan 15, 2011
Willow wrote:
<quoted text>
Well saod Anovagrrl52! I hope Kasich and his team will look at the 10 state-operated developmental centers. They only serve the Unions and the highly-paid administrators....they are about protecting jobs and not the people they claim to "serve". They segregate the individuals from the community. The system is very dysfunctional-- allowing for the abuse and neglect of a very vulnerable population. They are truly corrupt places! Yes-- make this very bloatd bureaucracy accountable to the taxpayers and the people they serve. They need to be exposed!!
One developmental center only houses 100-103 individuals and the cost to operate the center is around 17 million per year! The administration are shakin in their shows with the election of Kasich and they should be! I'm sure Kasich and his team have seen that other states no longer have costly state-operated institutions for the intellectually/developmentally disabled....and the cost of home and community based services are more cost effective....and they do not segregate the people from their communities.
Kasich and his team need to make "unannounced visits" to the developmental centers....one evening after business hours or one Sat. morning and see what they find. It will be no different than when Geraldo exposed Willowbrook in 1972.
It is very apparent that Kasich and his team plan to merge several of these state agencies like other states....it makes sense and will make for more efficient outcomes.
I hope Kasich is true to his word when he says he is a "public servant" to the people.
I will tell you Director John Martin has not been a "public servant" to the people in DCs or his Deputy Director....they have been about political agenda and "looking good" at the cost of the vulnerable and the voiceless.
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Amen, Willow. I hope the new administration listens to people like you.

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