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Ohio Settles Lawsuit Involving Dropped Medicaid Recipients

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Many Ohioans are back on Medicare after a settlement was reached in a lawsuit against the state.

About 154,000 Ohioans will be placed back on Medicaid as part of a settlement that a group has reached in a lawsuit against the state.

The agreement comes Tuesday in a dispute involving how Ohio "re-determines" the eligibility of Medicaid beneficiaries.

In late March, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus sued the state's Medicaid director on behalf of several individuals and nonprofits. They claimed that some individuals' Medicaid benefits were terminated or put at risk after Ohio failed to follow federal law and Medicaid regulations during its redetermination process.

The state's Medicaid department says the settlement restores the health benefits of thousands of residents who were up for Medicaid renewal in January, February and March and were dropped from the program. These individuals will then have their eligibility checked again.