When it comes to making health care better in our state, we must focus on improving the quality of care, driving down costs, and increasing Ohioans’ control over their health care choices. I am pleased to report that a provision in the recently passed state operating budget called the Healthy Ohio Plan is an important step in accomplishing these goals. The Healthy Ohio Plan requires the Director of Medicaid to seek a federal waiver to enroll non-disabled adults in a program similar to health care savings accounts.
When I took office in 2011, along with Gov. John Kasich and the Republican majority, there was a structural deficit of $8 billion and 89 cents in the rainy day fund. Fixing these serious problems required making tough decisions to not only balance the budget, but to restore the important rainy day fund that Ohio was prepared in the event of an economic downturn.