Rep. Alicia Reece Applauds Approval Of Medicaid Expansion
GOP legislative obstruction on healthcare for Ohioans inexcusable, troubling
October 22, 2013
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Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) applauded the state Controlling Board’s approval of funding for Medicaid expansion in Ohio. The move to expand Medicaid to 138% of the federal poverty level is a fundamental component of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The decision of the panel follows the GOP-controlled legislature’s 10 months of inaction and nine false, self-imposed deadlines. 

“I was disheartened that the legislature was not given the opportunity to vote on and pass Medicaid expansion,” said Rep. Reece. “However, I am pleased that the Controlling Board was successful in extending healthcare coverage to over a quarter million Ohioans. This expansion will not only provide access to affordable healthcare, but also will create thousands of new jobs here in our state.”

For months, Democratic house members, advocates and Ohio citizens expressed frustration with Republican lawmakers’ hyper-partisanship surrounding Medicaid expansion. Following the GOP’s refusal to pass Medicaid expansion through the state biennial budget, House Republicans again declined to work on legislative portions of expansion through the committee process over summer recess.

In Ohio, Medicaid expansion will provide healthcare coverage for more than 275,000 low-income citizens and create some 28,000 new jobs in our state.

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