COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 106,000 Ohioans have enrolled in Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer-funded program.
Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) administration moved forward last fall with extending Medicaid eligibility to cover thousands more people under the federal health care law. Coverage took effect Jan. 1.
Ohio’s monthly report on Medicaid caseloads shows that 106,238 residents had enrolled under the extension as of March 31. That’s about 29 percent of the roughly 366,000 newly eligible people estimated to sign up by the end of June 2015.
Officials say Ohio saw a jump in Medicaid applications last month given the push to get health insurance under federal law.
The expansion allows those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain coverage. For a single adult, that’s about $16,000 annually.