State Goofed, Must Return $300,000 To Feds
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 14, 2005
COLUMBUS, OHIO--Some Ohioans with disabilities are frustrated that the state has to give back $300,000 to the federal government because of bureaucratic blunders.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the money was intended to help the state develop a Medicaid "buy in" program that would allow residents with disabilities to continue to receive health benefits while they work.
The state's Department of Job & Family Services applied this year for a $500,000 grant, but was only given $307,000 because the state failed to spend all of its 2004 grant. Also, delays in setting up a bidding process caused the agency's director to announce last month that the system would not be ready to collect premiums until after the end of this year.
Mary Butler, co-chair of the state's Olmstead Task Force, said: "I know people with college degrees who can't afford to take a full-time job. It's crazy."
A spokesperson said the Ohio Department of Mental Health has applied for next year's grant and should be better able to administer it.
"Returning federal money for Medicaid brings protest"(Cleveland Plain Dealer)