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Economic Prosperity


Jul 06, 2017

469,600 Ohioans Would Lose Coverage

$13.1 Billion Cut from Ohio’s Medicaid Funding

Job Losses, Premium Increases and Weakened Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

Columbus, OH — As the GOP-led Senate continues to press forward with health care repeal, a quick look at the numbers shows that the the impact on Ohio could be disastrous.

Sen. Rob Portman has a duty to protect Ohioans and should reject any plan that cuts coverage, guts Medicaid, causes job losses, increases premiums, and weakens protections for those with pre-existing conditions––all of which this plan clearly does.

“The Senate’s repeal bill makes health care so much worse for so many people in so many ways, all to give huge tax breaks to the wealthy and big corporations, that it simply can’t be fixed,” said For Ohio’s Future State Director Antonia Webb. “The American people have rejected repeal. Instead of cutting backroom deals, Senator Portman should start working with Democrats to keep what works and fix what doesn’t in the current law.”

Cuts Health Coverage

  • In 2026, 469,600 people in Ohio would lose coverage under this bill. This includes:

    • 73,100 people in the individual market.

    • 396,300 people with Medicaid, including 9,300 Veterans.

  • In 2022, the uninsured rate in Ohio would increase by 183.9 percent.

  • Reducing health insurance coverage could lead to 566 additional deaths in Ohio in 2026.

Increases Costs

  • Increases average premiums by $1,380 in Ohio in 2020 and preserves the age tax.

    • A 60-year old making about $18,000 per year would pay $1,424 more and an older person making about $42,000 would pay $4,515 more in Ohio.

    • Even a 30-year old making about $18,000 per year would pay $408 more in premiums in Ohio than under current law in 2020.

  • Increases deductibles by $2,109 in Ohio for a person making about $42,000 per year, and $4,928 for a person making about $18,000.

Weakens Protections

  • Up to 1,010,000 people in Ohio with employer-sponsored coverage would lose protections against annual or lifetime limits.

  • Weakens protections for 4,830,900 people with pre-existing conditions in Ohio.

  • Even if the Senate bill’s fund for treating opioid use disorders were increased, it would still be only a fraction of the $272 million cost of comprehensive coverage for all people treated for opioid use disorders in Ohio in 2026.

Hurts the Economy

  • Cuts $13.1 billion in Federal Medicaid funding to Ohio in 2026, resulting in fewer people covered, or cuts to education and other key services.

  • Ohio will lose 41,672 jobs in 2026 under the House bill (the Senate bill’s job loss will likely be higher).

  • Gives a $561.5 million tax cut to the wealthiest 112,000 people in Ohio.