Issues & Advocacy

Medicaid is the single most important public policy issue affecting the stability of children’s health care access and coverage in Ohio.

  • More than one million Ohio children (approximately half) rely on Medicaid for health care coverage.
  • Half of the patients in our hospitals rely on Medicaid for health care coverage.

Children’s health care is a good investment in Ohio.

  • Ohio’s Medicaid costs for children are among the lowest of any state nationwide, despite having the best network of hospitals in the country: Ohio ranks 47th nationally in costs per member per month for pediatric Medicaid expenditures. Additionally, on average, Ohio’s spending for the state’s Covered Families and Children population is 20 percent below the national average.
  • Ohio’s children’s hospitals are national leaders – exporting our work to states across the country, such as the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety National Learning Network.