State Medicaid Watch: Ohio
"The question is going to end up being where do you cut and who is it going to hurt the most," he said. "The assumption right now is that since the blind, disabled, and aged generate most of the costs, that's where we're going to go in and slice it. Whether it's done surgically or with a meat ax is ultimately going to be the question."
The aged, the blind, and the disabled represent just 34 percent of Ohio's Medicaid population, but represent 75 percent of the program's costs, in large part because of the state's heavy reliance on nursing home care.