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The MetroHealth System has received approval from federal officials to launch a Medicaid waiver program that will provide a medical home and health coverage for up to 30,000 uninsured residents of Cuyahoga County. The program began Friday.

The program, called MetroHealth Care Plus, is the first in Ohio to provide healthcare coverage to more of the uninsured. It is designed to provide the high-quality services people need to maintain their health, while also reducing healthcare spending.

“We are grateful that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the State of Ohio’s Office of Medical Assistance and our own Cuyahoga County government shared our commitment to reduce the uninsured rate in Cuyahoga County, and to improve the health status and quality of care for thousands of county residents,” said Edward Hills, DDS, Interim President and CEO of MetroHealth.

“I particularly want to thank Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy, Cuyahoga County Executive Edward FitzGerald and Cuyahoga County Council for working with us to make this happen. I also want to thank U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Representatives Marcia Fudge, Marcy Kaptur, Jim Renacci, and former Representatives Steven LaTourette and Dennis Kucinich for expressing their support for the waiver with CMS.”

The MetroHealth System will finance this care locally with the $36 million annual subsidy it receives from Cuyahoga County taxpayers, which allows the MetroHealth Care Plus program to leverage another $64 million in annual federal Medicaid matching funds. No state dollars are being used to pay for the demonstration project.

“MetroHealth will be on the forefront of expanding health coverage to uninsured Ohioans- helping to improve access to appropriate health care and reduce costs to taxpayers and businesses in Ohio,” said Senator Sherrod Brown. “By covering up to 30,000 uninsured Ohioans, MetroHealth will improve the health of Ohioans while reducing costly emergency room visits.”

“I commend all the parties at the federal, state and county level who worked with MetroHealth to bring expanded healthcare coverage to approximately 30,000 uninsured residents of Cuyahoga County,” said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge.

“This decision will not only enable MetroHealth to provide the quality medical care they need but it will also help significantly reduce healthcare costs for everyone by reducing the use of emergency room care.”

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Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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