COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio’s Medicaid system is set to expand access to behavioral-health services for thousands of children as part of the state’s first overhaul of the health-care program in 15 years, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.
The governor, speaking during a televised briefing, also announced the state will begin accepting applications Wednesday for Medicaid managed-care plans for both adults and children.
The changes have been in the works for more than a year for the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care for low-income, pregnant and disabled Ohioans.
Under DeWine’s new “Ohio Rise” program, the state’s Medicaid program will work to improve coordination of care and improve access to treatment programs for substance abuse, severe mental illness, developmental disabilities, and other complex behavioral-health issues, according to the governor.
A significant portion of children with such issues who are enrolled in Medicaid are in foster care, DeWine said, adding that nearly two-thirds