Ohio Medicaid transition could shift coverage for millions

Ohio's Medicaid program is bracing for a potentially rocky onboarding of three new managed care organizations, a move that could result in millions of beneficiaries seeing coverage shifts, according to the Statehouse News Bureau

About 3 million people covered by Medicaid will need to notify the state in the coming months as to whether they want to stay with their current managed care organization or shift to a new one. Those who don't reply will be automatically assigned to a company based on a computer algorithm. 

The move raises fears that beneficiaries — especially young people, people of color, and women with unstable living conditions — may see disruptions in case, including needing to find new providers, according to the Statehouse News Bureau

In July, the state is adding Humana Healthy Horizons in Ohio, Amerihealth Caritas Ohio and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to its current roster of four managed care providers.

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