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Dear Advocate,

Advocates in Ohio continue to work to make sure we extend healthcare coverage to 275,000 Ohioans. Recent developments in the state budget process offer three paths to get to the ultimate goal of making Ohio’s communities healthier and more competitive.

State Budget Update
We continue to work with lawmakers to pursue Medicaid expansion through the state budget, but in response to reluctance from the General Assembly we are also looking at enacting Medicaid “reforms” through a separate committee process and are exploring the option of a ballot initiative in 2014. For a more in-depth update on the state budget, click here

No matter which of these strategies becomes the path to health care for 275,000 Ohioans, it's critical that our lawmakers know that inaction and delay is bad for Ohio. If some form of healthcare expansion isn't restored in the state budget, inaction will cost Ohio taxpayers, small businesses, and jobs. Inaction will prevent families and communities from getting the healthcare coverage they need to be competitive. It could ultimately cost lives.

Join the Day of Action Tomorrow (Click here for instructions to join)
We can't afford inaction, and the Ohio Senate needs to hear that from all of us. Will you join us tomorrow in asking the Ohio Senate to restore the provision to extend health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans in the senate version of the state budget?

Our message is simple: “We can't afford inaction. Please extend health coverage to 275,000 Ohioans to support Ohio families and strengthen communities. I urge you to support restoring the expansion of Medicaid in the state budget.”

Instructions to join the day of action are here. Please plan to speak up for health care for Ohioans this Thursday.

-Will Petrik & Gail Clendenin

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