Updated Medicaid FAQ Focuses on Impact of Expansion in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND, May 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Center for Health Affairs recently updated its Medicaid FAQ to address questions repeatedly emphasized by Ohio lawmakers. The 2015 Medicaid FAQ summarizes the impact extending the state's Medicaid program has had in Northeast Ohio.

Two years ago, when Medicaid expansion was first debated by state lawmakers, The Center released the first edition of its Medicaid extension FAQ booklet to clarify key points about the program. The updated Medicaid FAQ provides answers to recurring questions, dispels common misconceptions and provides updated enrollment figures since the coverage was expanded in 2014. The pamphlet-like format allows readers to easily access key facts and figures, including who has become covered since last year and what impact expansion has had on the health of those patients.

The state legislature will need to reauthorize the use of federal funds to keep Medicaid expansion in place by the end of June. To ensure that policymakers have the information they need for this important discussion, The Center recently mailed the updated Medicaid FAQ, along with its annual welcome packet, to the members of the Northeast Ohio delegation of lawmakers.

To learn more about this topic, visit The Center's Ohio Medicaid issue site.

For more information regarding the Medicaid FAQ, visit The Center's website, or contact Tony Gutowski at 216.255.3610 or via email.

With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region's healthcare providers. The Center's efforts focus on areas that benefit member hospitals from a regional approach, including healthcare workforce; emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community initiatives. And because of its business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, The Center has the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to its members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of 34 acute-care hospitals and two long-term acute-care hospitals in six counties. The Center for Health Affairs is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Top Workplaces in 2014 and to ERC's Northcoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2014. For more, visit chanet.org.

CONTACT: Deanna Moore 216.255.3614 deanna.moore@chanet.orgSource:The Center for Health Affairs