Ohio lawmakers propose bipartisan Medicaid reforms

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan proposal aimed at curbing Medicaid costs as they try to find common ground on the issue.

The measure introduced Thursday in the House and Senate offers broad ideas with few details, while neither expanding the health program nor cutting beneficiaries.

Sponsors say it’s a starting point for discussions in both chambers.

The proposal instructs the state’s Medicaid director to limit the growth of the program’s costs in way that would improve the physical and mental health of recipients.

Other changes propose removing barriers that impede a beneficiary’s ability to transfer to lower cost Medicaid services. It also creates a Medicaid oversight committee.

The federal-state Medicaid program for the poor and disabled provides coverage for one of every five residents in Ohio.

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