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"My Care Ohio" payment amount has doubled in past two weeks
CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- $100 million in just two weeks; that was how much new money has been passed along to independent health care providers in Ohio.
Most have been waiting since June 1 to get paid. It took a long, long time for Camilla and Larry Bennett to get paid for their work as independent health care providers for their son, Jeremy. Jeremy is a paraplegic and suffered brain damaged from a motorcycle accident.
The Bennetts were among many health care providers who went without income for what seemed like forever. The Bennetts and other health care aides were caught in a change-over from the state paying them to private insurance carriers, managed care organizations, handling those dollars.
The privatization program, called My Care Ohio, got off to a shaky start. State senator Shannon Jones is chair of the Medicaid, Health, and Human Services committee. She said legislators have been pressuring the state administration.
"And one of the things that has happed is over the last few months there have been 100 million dollars in payments to providers. In the last two weeks alone an additional $100 million in payments have been made. So they're really putting the pressure on the MCO's to get people paid so people continue to get their care," Jones said.
Among those finally getting paid were Camilla and Larry Bennett. My Care Ohio is a pilot project in 29 counties. Senator Jones said any pilot program would have some bumps. The key now will be to smooth out those bumps and make sure they don't come back.
The privatization pilot project will last three years. After that the decision will be made whether to expand it statewide. And if so, with whatever lessons have been learned so far.
The pilot program was rolled out May 1st, 2014, in northeast Ohio, June 1 in the tri-state area, and July 1 in the other counties involved in the system change-over.
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