Want to extend health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans in the State Budget?

Help us keep it in the headlines and part of the conversation in your community.

Medicaid expansion has been in the news a lot lately. Ohioans across the state are letting their local newspaper/s and communities know why it's so critical that we keep Medicaid expansion in the state budget. You can help build momentum and support by submitting a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper urging Chairman Amstutz, Speaker Batchelder and state lawmakers to extend health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans in the state budget.

Your local newspaper cares about the local impact of extending health coverage. Click here to look up the facts for how extending health coverage will impact people in your county.

(Note: Your letter shouldn’t be more than 150 - 175 words for most papers.)

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  • Ohio lawmakers need to seriously consider Medicaid expansion. It will boost Ohio’s economy as more than $23.8 billion in additional federal funds will flow into Ohio’s economy through 2019. These dollars will support Ohio’s vital health care economy including hospitals and health systems, and the hundreds of thousands of people they employ. Our economy also benefits from a healthier workforce and job applicants.

  • Medicaid is a healthcare program for people supported by both state and federal government. On the question of expansion, the federal government is offering a generous deal to the states. If we expand Medicaid, the federal government will fund the program 100 percent the first three years (2014-2016); then 95 percent (2017); then 94 percent (2018); then 93 percent (2019); and from 2020 on the feds pay 90 percent of the costs of the expanded coverage.

  • Ohio needs to seriously consider this deal. Expansion of Medicaid will also boost the healthcare sector of our economy and decrease the cost we all pay to cover uncompensated care. In addition, if Ohio doesn’t expand Medicaid, the tax dollars we pay will simply go to another state. Nothing is saved by not choosing to expand and money that could be kept right here helping our own citizens will be spent elsewhere.

  • Right now, more than 1.5 million Ohioans, or nearly 14 percent of our population, wake up every day without health insurance coverage. As a result, many of them go without health care until their condition becomes more severe and costlier to treat. When they do seek treatment, it’s often in the most expensive way possible – through emergency rooms and hospitals.

  • The cost of caring for the uninsured falls to everyone. Those with health coverage pay more in treatment costs, and we all pay more in taxes to support local and state public health programs.

  • Expansion also supports our health care economy, sustaining and growing jobs at the many hospitals and health systems throughout the state. There are many reasons why Medicaid expansion is a good deal for Ohio. I hope our lawmakers will support it.

  • Medicaid expansion is a win – win for Ohio. A decision to include Medicaid expansion in the next state budget will create over 30,000 jobs, result in nearly 500,000 uninsured Ohioans gaining health coverage, and help Ohio realize nearly $1.4 billion in savings through 2022.