Ohio Report for Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Senate Report
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Administration Proposes Self-Direction Workgroup To Flesh Out Budget's Provider Changes; Separate Bill Eyed

The fate of an executive budget proposal to change how independent care providers are employed is uncertain as lawmakers eye parsing it into separate legislation, advocacy groups promote alternatives and the administration seeks to clarify its plans.

The budget proposes to cease Medicaid payments for home health care workers who aren't employed by an agency as of July 2019 and prohibit the state from taking on new independent providers as of July 2016. The changes have drawn strong opposition, particularly from the developmental disabilities community. (See Gongwer Ohio Report, March 20, 2015)

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