More than $1B loss projected in Ohio’s next 2-year budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio stands to lose more than $1 billion in the next two-year budget as it phases out a sales tax structure that hauled in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money.

The Columbus Dispatch reports ( ) nearly $400 million in additional county and transit authority sales taxes are also projected to be lost.

Since 2009, Ohio has charged a sales tax on services provided through Medicaid managed-care organizations to benefit from federal matching funds.

Counties and transit authorities benefited through additional local sales taxes.

The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services two years ago prohibited taxing only managed-care companies that deal with Medicaid.

State officials say they’ll look at how other states deal with similar challenges.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,