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New Rules Troubling Advocates

The state says it is making changes to its Medicaid program specifically for low-income people with disabilities to simplify the process and make more Ohioans qualify for health coverage.

But advocates say thousands of needy residents will be left without a safety net — when the state no longer allows older adults and people with disabilities to “spend down” their excess income so they can qualify for Medicaid.

“Everybody is for expanding health-care efficiency and lowering unnecessary spending,” said Cathy Levine, executive director of Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, which helps the poor secure coverage.

“But to pull the rug out from under some of our most-vulnerable citizens just defies the imagination.”

Read more at the Columbus Dispatch.

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