The state was seeking to require enrollees to put money every month into a health savings account. Andy Slavitt, an official at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, wrote to Ohio officials: “CMS is concerned that these premiums would undermine access to coverage and the affordability of care.” Outlets also report on Medicaid news from Alabama, Illinois and Texas.

Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Feds Reject Ohio Plan To Charge Fees To Medicaid Beneficiaries
A plan to make Ohio Medicaid beneficiaries pay monthly fees into a health savings account and block coverage for missed payments was rejected by the feds. The proposal, dubbed the “Healthy Ohio Program,” would have required about 1.6 million Ohioans in the state- and federally-run Medicaid health insurance program to pay into a health savings account. (Borchardt, 9/9)

Columbus Dispatch:
Feds Block Ohio’s Attempt To Charge New Medicaid Fees 
GOP legislative leaders tucked the proposal into last year’s …
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Federal Officials Turn Down Ohio’s Efforts To Revamp Rules For Medicaid Expansion Program