Rep. Antonio Brings Expertise To Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee
Lawmaker appointed as Ranking Member to state Medicaid panel

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) was recently appointed as Ranking Minority Member to the newly-formed Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee (JMOC). The nine-member bicameral, bipartisan panel is charged with providing oversight to Ohio’s Medicaid program.

“It is an honor to be selected for work on such an important public health policy initiative,” said Rep. Antonio. “Medicaid oversight is important as we strive to maintain a strong continuum of care and safety net for Ohio families.”

JMOC will provide oversight and recommendations for the Medicaid program, consulting actuarial information each state budget cycle to determine the functional status of the program. Meetings are set to begin later this month.

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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.