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Hi Advocate,

Yesterday evening, Ohio became the 25th state to expand health care access to families and communities up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. Click here to read our news release.

First, we want to thank you. You are one of thousands of Ohioans who has rallied at the statehouse, sent emails, made calls, and gathered signatures to support health care expansion in Ohio. We would not have had a “yes” vote yesterday without your overwhelming support, so thank you so much for your dedication and hard work. It made a difference!

If you are interested in reviewing some of the initial state and national media reports, we list a number of articles on our website here.

To sum up the news, two Republicans joined the panel’s two Democrats and Gov. John Kasich’s appointed chairman to approve the federal appropriation to expand eligibility for Medicaid to some 275,000 additional Ohioans.

We have two requests.

First, if you have not already taken the time to call each of the five Controlling Board "Yes" votes, please do so. We also hope you say thanks to the many members of the Kasich Administration who helped make this happen.

The "yes" votes came from:

  • Rep. Ross McGregor (R., Springfield) - (614) 466-2038
  • Sen. Chris Widener (R., Springfield) - (614) 466-3780
  • Rep. Chris Redfern (D., Catawba Island) - (614) 644-6011
  • Sen. Tom Sawyer (D., Akron) - (614) 466-7041
  • Governor Kasich’s board chairman, Randy Cole  (614) 728-8778

Second, we also hope you make a contribution today to support our ongoing work to strengthen our economy, build strong communities, and empower all Ohioans and families to have social and economic security. Through a generous matching grant from the George Gund Foundation, your donation will be doubled (up to $10,000). A donation of $50 becomes $100 and a donation of $200 becomes $400 all going towards advocacy for great public services for the people we serve in Ohio.

Will you donate today to help us continue our work to strengthen families and communities in Ohio?

Thank you so much!

Will Petrik and Gail Clendenin

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