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Buckeye State Panel Proposes 125 Plan Rule

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The Ohio State Coverage Initiative has come up with recommendations for ways to improve the Ohio health care coverage system.

The panel, which has been participating in a health plan analysis program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J., includes 40 members appointed by Ohio Gov. Theodore Strickland, D.

The panel has recommended:

- Requiring employers to establish Section 125 plans, which give employees the ability to exclude contributions for health coverage from federal tax calculations.

- Providing reinsurance for individuals and small businesses.

- Extending access to group coverage to dependents up to age 29.

- Offering premium assistance to low-income workers.

- Expanding Medicaid enrollment.

- Allowing non-Medicaid eligible adults to enroll in Medicaid managed care plans.

- Changing the rules governing the individual health insurance market.