Report shows Medicaid expansion reduced number of uninsured patients in Ohio

October 21, 2014

A Policy Matters Ohio report showed that several hospitals are treating fewer uninsured patients and paying less for charity care due largely to the increase in Medicaid enrollees due to expansion of the low-income healthcare program through the Affordable Care Act. More than 367,000 previously ineligible Ohioans have enrolled in Medicaid. Findings from individual providers covered in the report include:

  • Cleveland's MetroHealth System's emergency room visits have declined by 60% and primary care visits rose by 50% during its pilot program, which extended Medicaid benefits to people before the state's expansion took effect in January;
  • Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center reported a 19% drop in uninsured care between July 2013, before the expansion, and June 2014; and
  • Mount Carmel Health System noted a 10% decline in uninsured care when comparing the last six months of 2013 to the first six months of 2014.