What Happens to 300,000+ Ohioans’ Medicaid Coverage on July 1, 2015?

Remember the battle to get Medicaid expansion in Ohio? How the Controlling Board finally approved it? How 39 conservative lawmakers protested it? And how six of them plus two anti-abortion groups filed (and lost) a lawsuit challenging the Controlling Board’s action?

Okay – now, remember how that approval by the Controlling Board only runs with the duration of the budget, to June 30, 2015?

And now, did you know that according to Gongwer, more than 285,000 Ohioans have already signed up, in the first six months of 2014, under that expansion?

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Screenshot courtesy of Gongwer-ohio.com, 7/15/14

And that 285,000 is more than three-quarters of the total 366,000 that Governor Kasich said would sign up by June 30, 2015?

Okay. So, now that we’ve recapped all of that: What happens on July 1, 2015?

Because I sure don’t think there are going to be more Ohio General Assembly members who want Medicaid expansion than there were last year. And the current GA is already entertaining bills in the House and the Senate to curtail the Controlling Board’s authority. I’m guessing that’s not going to be an available route at any juncture again.

So, anyone. Procedurally, practically, logistically. What happens to those Ohioans and their coverage when the 2013-2015 biennium budget, and the Controlling Board’s action, expires?