MetroHealth in Cleveland to Operate Medicaid Waiver

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Cleveland-based safety-net health system MetroHealth has been approved to operate a Medicaid waiver program that will allow up to 30,000 Ohioans who fall under 133 percent of the federal poverty line to obtain free healthcare coverage.

The program is open to residents of Ohio's Cuyahoga County who would otherwise not qualify for traditional Medicaid or Medicare. MetroHealth will use its annual $36 million subsidy from the county for federal Medicaid matching funds, totaling $64 million annually.

Under the plan, called MetroHealth Care Plus, beneficiaries will be eligible for certain preventive and dental care and substance abuse therapy, in addition to emergency services. Last year, MetroHealth performed $130 million worth of uncompensated care for an estimated 60,000 people.

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