At a Crossroad: Long-Term Care in Ohio

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
9:00 a.m. (Registration)
9:30—12:30 p.m. (Program)
1717 Euclid Avenue
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Glickman-Miller Hall, Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Cleveland State University

About the Forum

Beginning in the year 2000, approximately 12,000 Ohioans have been turning 60 every month. In 2008, Ohio spent $13 billion on the Medicaid program (approximately $4.9 billion going towards long term care). Between 2000 and 2006, this long-term care portion of Ohio’s Medicaid budget grew at an average annual rate of 7.5%. If Medicaid long-term care expenditures were to continue to grow at this rate, by the year 2020, total Medicaid spending for long-term care would be $13.2 billion. To meet the needs of Ohio’s aging population, it is clear that Ohio must have a long-term care system that is sustainable. This forum will explore the options in long-term care for the next state budget, specifically highlighting nursing home formula revamps.


1) Increase understanding of proposals to change the way Ohio pays for long-term care

2) Explore implications of each proposal to address the quality of care and issues in the long-term care system

3) Build upon the dialogue to explore the best policy solutions for Ohio


  • John Begala, Executive Director, The Center for Community Solutions


  • Joseph Ruby, President & CEO, The Area Agency on Aging - 10B
  • Peter Van Runkle, Executive Director, Ohio Health Care Association
  • John Alfano, President & CEO, The Advocate of Not-For-Profit Services for Older Ohioans
  • Jason Smith, Senior Director, Ohio Association of Health Plans

Supported by The Center for Community Solutions, the Center for Community Solutions’ Council on Older Persons, and the Maxine Goodman Levin College Forum Program.

All forum events are free and open to the public.