Ashford: Health Care Compact Could Hurt Minorities, Seniors
Legislation would allow Ohio to re-write rules for Medicare, Medicaid
October 05, 2015
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The Ohio House of Representatives last week voted to approve legislation that critics fear will dismantle Ohio’s healthcare infrastructure and negatively impact seniors, minorities, and the working poor. 

The measure, House Bill 34, enters Ohio into a Health Care Compact.  If the compact receives congressional approval to move forward, Ohio would be allowed to suspend the operation of all federal health care laws, rules, orders and regulations (i.e. Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act).  

“The successful implementation of the Health Care Compact will end Medicare and Medicaid as we know it,” said Michael Ashford (D-Toledo), who voted against the bill. “All Americans deserve the same basic level of access to healthcare services, including our seniors and minority communities. This extreme, partisan legislation will endanger the health of our state’s most vulnerable populations.” 

HB 34 has the potential to negatively affect the nearly 2 million Ohioans who currently receive Medicare benefits, and the almost 2 million Ohio Medicaid recipients. 

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