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About 61,000 Ohioans Poised To Lose Medicaid Health Benefits

Ohio's Medicaid director says roughly 61,000 residents on the federal-state health program are poised to lose their coverage the end of this week. Director John McCarthy said Thursday the beneficiaries face disenrollment Saturday after failing to verify their Medicaid eligibility as required by the federal government. Federal law requires state Medicaid programs to "redetermine" eligibility for recipients on an annual basis. The process was on hold in Ohio for a year as the federal health care law was implemented and as the state moved to a new computer system. Ohio recently restarted the checks. Democrats have raised concerns about whether recipients received renewal notices or had trouble submitting their information. McCarthy told a legislative panel that the state has adjusted the forms and tried to increase awareness about the process.