Rep. Strahorn Applauds Approval For Medicaid Expansion
GOP legislative obstruction on healthcare for Ohioans inexcusable, troubling
October 21, 2013
 
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State Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) applauded the state Controlling Board’s approval of funding for Medicaid expansion in Ohio today. 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.


“It is great that Medicaid expansion was able to pass through the Controlling Board today, although it should have been passed months ago in the legislature,” said Rep. Strahorn. “I have received numerous emails, phone calls and letters from my constituents on this matter and one thing is very clear, Ohioans want and deserve Medicaid expansion. Even though it took longer than we wanted, 275,000 Ohioans will finally be able to receive the affordable healthcare they deserve and that is a victory for all.”


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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