Kasich Administration Reduces Medicaid Services for Developmentally Disabled

imagesWhile Governor Kasich talks of renewing Medicaid expansion for abled bodied adults, his Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is quietly reducing Medicaid services for Ohio’s developmentally disabled population. The DODD released its Final Report of the Strategic Planning Leadership Group in late December which calls for a 50 percent reduction in beds for Intermediate Care Facility homes that provide skilled nursing and personal care as well as community access to school, day services, and recreation […]

Irony Alert: Kasich to Travel Country Promoting Balanced Budget Amendment

thThe Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Governor Kasich plans to travel the country in 2016, not to get a jump on a presidential campaign, but to push for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Ohio is one of 24 states which has called for a constitutional convention. Ten more states are needed to convene the convention and 38 states are needed to ratify an amendment. The stops Kasich plans to make on his […]

Kasich Earns “D” on CATO’s Fiscal Policy Report Card

images-1The story goes when John Kasich served as U.S. House Budget Chairman back in the late 1990’s he kept the CATO Institute’s Handbook for Congress at his desk. Perhaps his thinking has changed since serving in Washington or perhaps the book was just there for show, but that same CATO Institute recently released its “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2014″ and John Kasich earned a disappointing “D”. The study looks at the affects […]

Kasich Struggles with Conflicting Positions and Images

th-1Governor Kasich got himself into a little hot water over comments he made about Obamacare and Medicaid expansion to the AP. Kasich told the AP that he did not think repeal was going to happen because “political or ideological” opposition does not “hold water” against “real improvements in peoples’ lives.” The AP thought Kasich meant opposition to Obamacare would not “hold water,” but Kasich’s staff claims the Governor meant opposition to Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The […]

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Surpasses First Year Projections Months Early; Kasich Calls for More

thAs of August, 367,395 Ohioans had signed up for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion surpassing Governor Kasich’s projected enrollment number (366,000) for July 2015 ten months early.   Meanwhile, in mid-September, Kasich told the Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board that he will push to get the state legislature to re-authorize Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion during the next biennial budget cycle. The Enquirer wrote, “Ohio also might see some savings from accepting federal money to expand Medicaid to more Ohioans, he (Kasich) […]