Rep. Kent pictured with family after being sworn in the 132nd General Assembly
Rep. Kent pictured with family after being sworn in the 132nd General Assembly
 Rep. Kent addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Kent addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
 Rep. Kent responds to community advocates at the 2017 Day of Action
Rep. Kent responds to community advocates at the 2017 Day of Action
 

Rep. Kent was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana, a steel mill union city. Her parents, like many African Americans of the time, migrated from the South for better opportunities in the North. Her father could not read or write. Her mother went to the third grade, and yet, they bought a home and raised five children. All children graduated from high school and two went on to graduate from Central State University. Rep. Kent’s husband, whose own father was a Tuskegee Airman, served his country as a Green Beret in Vietnam. 

Hers is the living story of the American Dream. First her parents...

 
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12.08.17 - Fedor, Kennedy Kent File Healthcare Freedom For All Ohioans Legislation

 

State Representatives Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) recently filed the Ohio Health Security Act, House Bill 440, which will establish a single-payer health care plan in Ohio. Medical, dental, mental health, and vision services will be covered under the act and payments to healthcare providers for all eligible services will be made from a single fund, the Ohio Health Care Fund.

“We need to be guided by the facts,” according to Fedor, “Sixty-two percent of bankruptcies in the US are linked to healthcare costs and seventy-eight percent of those families had health insurance.”

Under the plan, every Ohioan may receive full health care coverage, regardless of income or employment status, and may freely choose their own health care providers for services such as outpatient services to prescription drugs, medical supplies and medical transportation without costly co-payments or deductibles. There will also be no exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

According to Kennedy Kent, the two representatives are “putting together a concrete plan to make care affordable and flexible to work for you and your family.” The new plan will offer flexibility and affordability.

“Taxpayers deserve a plan that gives them a real choice and the freedom to pick a plan that works for them,” said Kennedy Kent.

The new health care plan will be administered by the Ohio Health Care Agency, which will operate under the direction of the Ohio Health Care Board. The board will consist of two elected representatives from seven regions across the state and the director of the Ohio Health Care Agency. The board will:

-          Negotiate or set prices for health care services provided.

-          Establish standards to demonstrate proof of residency.

-          Provide each participating individual with identification that can be used by providers to establish eligibility for services.

-          Seek all necessary waivers, exemptions, agreements, or legislation to allow various federal and state health care payments to be made to the Ohio Health Care Agency.

Versions of the bill have been introduced in the past but never before have received so much support, according to the lawmakers. The bill, which will be heard in committee in the coming weeks, has 18 cosponsors in addition to Reps. Fedor and Kennedy Kent. State Reps. Antonio, Boggs, Boyd, Cera, Galonski, Holmes, Howse, Ingram, Kelly, Leland, Lepore-Hagan, Miller, Patterson, Ramos, Reece, Sheehy, Sykes, and West have all signed on as co-sponsors to the bill.

The AFL-CIO, the American Public Health Association, the National Farmers Union, and Republicans for Single Payer in addition to dozens of other groups have also endorsed single-payer healthcare.

“Health is a human right,” Fedor said. “It is past time for Ohio to pass a law ensuring that people have access to affordable and sensible healthcare.”

Coverage from the Ohio Health Care Plan will be available two years after the passage of this legislation.

 
 

11.06.17 - Rep. Kennedy Kent Issues Statement On Texas Mass Shooting

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today released a statement following yet another mass shooting in the United States, which saw some 26 people killed and dozens more wounded at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

 
 

11.02.17 - Kennedy Kent Issues Statement On Unanimous House Passage Of Her Bill To Protect Ohio Children

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today released a statement after her bill, House Bill (HB) 137, passed the Ohio House. HB 137 would join Ohio with every other state to mandate law enforcement officials to report child abuse and neglect.

“As lawmakers, our duty is to pass laws that put the health, safety and well-being of Ohioans first—and that begins with our children. I was shocked and saddened to learn that Ohio was the only remaining state not to have law enforcement listed as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. Now, thanks to the tremendous support from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we are one step closer to adding another critical layer of protection for the most vulnerable in our society. I urge the Senate to move quickly and pass this common-sense legislation.”

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 
 

10.24.17 - Reps. Fedor, Kennedy Kent Introduce Ohio Health Security Act

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today introduced the Ohio Health Security Act, a bill to establish a single-payer health care plan in Ohio to universally cover medical, dental and vision services. Payments to health care providers for all eligible benefits will be made from a single public fund, called the Ohio Health Care Fund.

 
 
 
Representative Bernadine Kennedy Kent
District 25
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5343
Fax      (614) 719-3581
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Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Eligible to run for another term