Ohio Health Care Authority seeks $25M to expand its network of clinics
Buckeye Health Care is seeking a $25 million infusion from the state’s Medicaid expansion to expand access to primary care and preventative care services for Medicaid-eligible adults and children.
The expansion will provide $8 million for health centers, including community health centers and assisted living facilities.
The health care authority is also seeking $1 million to expand the capacity of its primary care, urgent care and primary care nurse programs.
The expanded program will include new and expanded services for older adults, children and people with disabilities.
In its request for proposal, the state said it will provide funding to cover costs for the health centers that will open.
The $25-million infusion is the largest single grant Ohio has ever received from the federal government for health care.
Ohio’s Medicaid eligibility rate is about 85% and its overall per capita health care spending is about $5,500 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Buckeye Health said the state has committed $4.2 billion to its health care system since it was created in 2012, but the agency is understaffed, underfunded and overburdened.
The health care agency relies on the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, which provides funding through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.