Hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities in Ohio will close in 2019 because of a shortfall in the state’s annual Medicaid expansion.
The state’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced Tuesday that the closing of nursing homes and residential facilities will start Sept. 1, 2019.
Hospitals and nursing homes will be closed Oct. 1 and Nov. 1.
The state estimates it will need $3.6 billion to cover its Medicaid expansion and that its annual Medicaid growth rate is projected to drop to 1.4 percent.
Hospices will be the only providers of Medicaid in the first three months of 2019.
The state will need another $2 billion in federal funding to cover the additional costs of Medicaid expansion, but will still need another half-billion dollars in Medicaid expansion funds.
The new Medicaid funding will be distributed over four years.