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County catches up with backlog caused by Medicaid expansion in Ohio

BATAVIA, Ohio – Clermont County has caught up with the backlog of applicants caused by the expansion of Medicaid in the State of Ohio.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid eligibility was expanded in Ohio beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, leading to a surge of applicants throughout the state. The number of new applicants, plus issues with the federal marketplace exchange (www.healthcare.gov), where many applicants began the process, caused the backlog, said Judy Eschmann, Director of Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), which handles Medicaid.

Households up to 138% of the federal poverty level are now eligible for coverage. (For a family of four, this is $32,499.) The state estimated that more than 275,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible under these income guidelines. In Clermont County, 12,632 new Medicaid applications have been processed; of those, 8,097 were approved and 4,535 were denied.

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