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Good morning Advocate,

Last week, the conversation in the Ohio House shifted due to your advocacy and the efforts of thousands of Ohioans asking lawmakers to extend health coverage to strengthen our communities and our economy.

Last Tuesday, the House Finance Committee said "NO" to extending health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans in the state budget. Just two days later, the Ohio House voted to amend the budget from the floor (passed by a vote of 97-0) to continue the conversation and explore options to extend healthcare coverage to Ohioans. Read Advocates for Ohio's Future's response here.

YOUR advocacy efforts over the last two weeks made a difference as talks continue in the Senate.

On Thursday, April 11, over 2,500 people from across the state braved the wind and rain to ask lawmakers to choose people over politics and extend health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans in the budget. Click to watch a powerful video from the rally.

On Tuesday of last week, nearly 1,000 Ohioans linked hands around the statehouse participating in a "Circle for Coverage." Faith leaders and health care supporters came together for 15 minutes of silent reflection on the extension of health coverage to Ohioans.

Lawmakers in the House appear to have heard the voices of supporters. Thanks to our unrelenting persistence we've kept the conversation going to extend healthcare coverage in Ohio.

Please thank your House members on both sides of the aisle, as well as the Governor for his continued leadership on this issue.

Next steps to strengthen Ohio and make our communities healthier.
Formal hearing are starting in the Ohio Senate this week, so it's time to take our efforts to the Senate!

As we all work to build support to extend health coverage in the Senate, you can help by sharing this video with your family, friends, colleagues, and legislators. Click here for other ideas for using and sharing the video with people in your community.

Will Petrik and Gail Clendenin