Healthcare Decisions Should Not Be Placed In The Hands Of Corporations
Supreme Court rules that Hobby Lobby, corporations can limit healthcare coverage based on religious belief
 
 

Today, Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement in response to a Supreme Court decision allowing certain companies the right to refuse contraception coverage on a health insurance plan.


 “Today, five men decided the reproductive fate of countless female employees in a historic ruling that places the religious preferences of a few over the health and safety of millions of women across the country. A woman’s healthcare decisions should be made in her doctor’s office, not a corporate board room and today’s ruling undermines the ability of a woman to make her own decisions. According to the Supreme Court, the religious beliefs of a corporation officially trump the healthcare options of individual employees. Now, access to healthcare benefits could be determined by a boss, not by an individual or her doctor.”  

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.