Sykes Discusses Future Of Medicaid, Healthcare Policy In Post-election Landscape
Lawmaker joins elected officials, healthcare leaders at Impact Ohio panel

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today participated in the 2016 Impact Ohio – Post Election Conference Panel to discuss the ramifications of the general election on Medicaid and health and human services policy in the state. 

“Public health is one of my top priorities as a legislator, and I relish the opportunity to speak publicly about the healthcare challenges Ohioans face— particularly, access to care challenges for women and minorities, as well as the alarmingly high rate of infant mortality,” said Sykes. “This election will undoubtedly have a tremendous impact on the direction of health policy at both the National and state level. I am grateful to lend my voice to the discussion and help ensure that we do not let the most vulnerable Ohioans slip through the cracks."

Formed in 1984 and co-sponsored by the Ohio Democratic and Republican Parties, Impact Ohio has offered informational, one-day conferences to explore elections, the outcomes of the political process, and policy choices facing Ohio and its communities.

As the sole Democrat and the last to speak on the panel, Sykes had a unique position to voice the opinions and concerns of the legislative minority. The panel included Office of Health Transformation Director Moody, Medicaid Director John McCarthy, Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville), Representative Mark Romanchuck (R-Ontario), and Representative Sykes.

During her first term as state representative, Sykes has worked with healthcare professionals and colleagues to improve public health, increase access to care, and combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. The Akron lawmaker was recently appointed board member to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, and also serves on the House Health and Aging Committee and the House Healthcare Efficiencies Study Committee.

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