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Hi Advocate,

At Advocates for Ohio’s Future, we support budget solutions that strengthen families, communities and the economy in Ohio. One of the biggest decision facing the Kasich Administration and lawmakers in the next state budget is whether to expand health care coverage to nearly 500,000 uninsured Ohioans. 

A non-partisan report (from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, The Ohio State University, the Urban Institute and Regional Economic Models, Inc.) released this morning highlights the impact of Medicaid expansion on the state budget, Ohio's economy, and covering Ohio's uninsured populations.

The report highlights that a decision to include Medicaid expansion in the next state budget will:

  • help Ohio realize nearly $1.4 billion in savings through 2022
  • create over 30,000 jobs through 2022; and
  • result in nearly 500,000 uninsured Ohioans gaining health coverage

Included below are three slides from the report that highlight these findings.

Click here for the full briefing.

As you have conversations with local leaders, elected officials and people in your community, we hope you will share this new information and help us advocate to expand Medicaid up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level in Ohio.

The best opportunity for Medicaid expansion to occur in Ohio is for Governor Kasich to include Medicaid expansion in his executive budget, released at the beginning of February. We will also need to make sure state lawmakers support Medicaid expansion throughout the state budget process.

Advocates for Ohio's Future issued a release to the media this afternoon applauding the work of the research collaborative. Click here to read our release.

Thank you for your commitment to strengthen families and communities in Ohio.

Will Petrik, State Director

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