In case you missed it… In his Sunday column, the Columbus Dispatch’s Darrel Rowland noted that Mike DeWine took $60,000 in contributions for his transition fund from pharmacy benefit managers — an industry that DeWine threatened to sue as attorney general and that will have much at stake when the new governor crafts his first two-year budget.
As attorney general, DeWine was pulling together information for a possible lawsuit against pharmacy benefit managers hired by Ohio’s Medicaid managed care organizations.
So it was eye-opening to see in a campaign finance filing Tuesday that those five health plans and related entities poured $60,000 into DeWine’s gubernatorial transition fund.
Among the insurance and health-care entities donating the maximum $10,000 each to the DeWine-Husted transition fund were Aetna; Anthem Inc.; and, separately, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; CareSource Ohio; and, separately, CareSource Management Group Co.; Medical Mutual of Ohio; Molina Healthcare; Nationwide Insurance; OhioHealth (Riverside Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center and other hospitals); the Ohio Hospital Association; Premier Health (Miami Valley Hospital and other Dayton-area hospitals); Pfizer; and the UnitedHealth Group PAC.
Ohio’s state government is a major factor in health-care spending because of the federal-state Medicaid program. In December 2.84 million Ohioans, about 24.3 percent of the state’s population, were enrolled in Medicaid. (That was almost 172,000 fewer Medicaid clients than in December 2017.)
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