May 21, 2021

Almost 3 Million Ohioans Depend on Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid managed care plans coordinate health care services for more than 2.8 million Ohioans, representing nearly 9 in 10 of those enrolled in Ohio Medicaid. A robust network of providers is available to meet the diverse needs of these members, who span a variety of ages, income levels and circumstances. They include:

  • Children up to 206% of the federal poverty level.
  • Pregnant women up to 200% of the federal poverty level.
  • Adults up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
  • Low-income individuals who are older than 65, blind or disabled.

According to the Ohio Department of Medicaid, almost 3.2 million Ohioans are enrolled in Medicaid overall. In addition to those served by managed care plans, less than 139,000 have limited plans, and approximately 236,000 use a fee-for-service model. Other demographic facts about Ohio’s Medicaid population include:

  • A majority, more than 1.7 million, are female.
  • Almost 1.3 million are children 18 and younger.
  • Less than 228,000 are seniors older than 65.
  • Cuyahoga County has the most Medicaid enrollees among Ohio counties with almost 424,000.
  • Noble County has the fewest with approximately 3,100.

Overall, Ohioans — and all Americans — have positive views about Medicaid. According to polling from August of 2020 by Morning Consult, 70% of Ohioans oppose cutting funding for Medicaid. According to the poll, Ohio’s level of opposition to Medicaid cuts is matched only by four states: Alaska, Arizona, Oregon and Mississippi.

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