Showing posts from December, 2023

Staggering Number of Ohio Kids Have Lost Medicaid Coverage

  As kids' Medicaid eligibility review gets underway, experts are concerned about the number of Ohio children  losing federal health insurance . Kelly Vyzral, senior health policy associate, Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, said because Ohio does not disaggregate information by adult or child, there is little data available on why kids are dropping off. She added whether their parents obtained employer-sponsored coverage or they lost coverage for procedural reasons like a change of address, the tend is troubling. "So we don't know why the 61,000 kids have lost their Medicaid coverage," she explained. "But there's a difference in the total number of children covered in April, versus the number covered in July. That's 61,000." According to the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, more than 38% of Ohio children rely on Medicaid or K-CHIP coverage. At the start of the school year, kids often need routine immunizations and physical exams for spor

Fewer Than 1 in 3 Consumers Pay Medical Bills Immediately

  A recent survey shows most consumers— 72% — don’t or can’t pay their medical bills in full right away, with affordability being a top barrier. Healthcare revenue cycle leaders may need to readjust their patient collection strategy to help consumers understand and pay their medical bills, a new  survey  suggests. The survey of over 1,000 consumers conducted by AccessOne found that fewer than one in three respondents pay their medical bills in full right away, leaving a remaining 72 percent of consumers waiting to pay healthcare-related expenses. The latter respondents said they either can’t or don’t pay their medical bills right away and need different options and support. Some consumers who don’t pay medical bills immediately simply haven’t paid as of yet (13 percent), while 7 percent wait until just before the bill’s due date to pay in full and 2 percent pay after the due date. Affordability is a major challenge  for consumers. About 68 percent of consumers responding to the survey