HEALTH CARE REFORM IN OHIO
December 26, 2006
As costs continue to rapidly increase, health care has become one of the most important issues Ohioans must confront in the coming years, says the Buckeye Institute.
However, when confronting the issue, there are several ideas that should be avoided, says the Institute, including:
- Imposition of health insurance mandates on individuals or businesses.
- Expansion of Medicaid or State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) eligibility and mandatory services that health insurance must cover.
Rather, Ohio should focus on market reforms which put the consumer in charge of spending. For example:
- Allow state employees more choices in terms of health savings accounts (HSAs).
- Update state laws to recognize federal legislation expanding HSAs.
- Deregulate the state insurance market, including introducing market reforms in Medicaid.
These reforms will increase competition and make people cost-conscious health care shoppers, thus holding down costs. Market-based reform may be difficult in Ohio, but it is the only way to make health care more affordable without crushing the state's taxpayers and business climate, says the Institute.
Source: Sally Pipes and Mark Kilmer, "A Blueprint for Health Care Reform in Ohio," Buckeye Institute, December 14, 2006.
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