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OHA dedicates resources and programs to ensure the ongoing economic sustainability of hospitals and health systems throughout Ohio. Led by a team of professionals, OHA works with members, partners and various state and federal agencies to help ensure a sustainable economic environment for Ohio hospitals.

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Medicare & Medicaid

Medicaid is a state and federally funded program that guarantees health care coverage to eligible low-income and medically vulnerable people including: Children (up to 19), pregnant women, parents of children under 18, non-workers with disabilities, Ohioans age 65 or older, and adults with family income up to 138% of federal poverty.

Medicare is federal health insurance for people age 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities and any age with End Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure) requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. 

Franchise Fee

Franchise Fee

The Hospital Franchise Fee is a provider tax program that helps fund supplemental Medicaid payments for hospital services and provides additional resources to the state's Medicaid program in order to help ensure the program's payment adequacy and sustainability.

Hospital Care Assurance Program

The Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP) is the state's Medicaid disproportionate share (DSH) program.  Funded entirely by hospitals, the program helps offset the uncompensated care of hospitals that serve a disproportionate number of uninsured.

RAC Program

RAC Trac LogoRecovery Audit Contractor (RAC) programs target Medicare and Medicaid payments CMS deems inappropriate and return under and overpayments to the federal government and health care providers.

CMS has temporarily suspended its RFP for a new Ohio Medicare RAC Contractor. Until the new Medicare RAC bid is restarted, CGI Federal remains Ohio's Medicare RAC. The Ohio Department of Medicaid has an RFP out for a new Ohio Medicaid RAC. OHA expects a new Ohio Medicaid RAC to be announced in fall 2015. 

Health Insurance Marketplace

On October 1, 2013, the federal gHealthCare.govovernment launched, which is also known as the health insurance exchange or marketplace. In Ohio, the exchange is federally facilitated, but the state retains certain authorities to manage and oversee the insurers offering plans on the exchange.

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