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Hi Advocate,

On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee passed the state budget substitute bill. The latest version of the budget includes tax changes and over 300 other amendments. We were disappointed but not surprised that there was no amendment to extend healthcare coverage to families and communities in Ohio. We were also disappointed that it lacked any increase in funding for food assistance, long term care, and early education.

Check out our blog post for a closer look at the sub bill and its impact on health and human services.

Next Steps for the State Budget
Further changes will be reflected in an omnibus bill scheduled for release next Tuesday, June 4. The full Senate is also expected to vote on it next week, and then the bill will move to conference committee.

Many of our partners are testifying in Senate Finance committee hearings this week to support strong families and communities. Read our partners' testimony here (this page will continue to update with additional partner testimony).

Next Steps for Medicaid reform
During a news conference on Tuesday, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) discussed Medicaid reform and shared encouraging remarks about possible standalone legislation that could be introduced in the next week or two in the Senate.

Representative Sears (R-Sylvania) introduced House Bill 176 last week to reform Medicaid. We applaud Rep. Sears for her leadership on the issue of Medicaid reform and we also expect more bills related to Medicaid reform to be introduced in the House soon. If you're interested in finding out more about HB 176 and taking a closer look at the news coverage around it, click here.

Time is running out to extend healthcare coverage to Ohioans and we must continue our efforts. Thank you for all you do to advocate for a stronger Ohio.

-Will Petrik and Gail Clendenin

P.S. Donate $15 or $20 now to support our ongoing work to strengthen families and communities in Ohio.

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