State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio Votes Against Partisan Budget That Denies Medicaid Expansion
275,000 Ohioans to go without health coverage, jobs and services in jeopardy
 
 

COLUMBUS- The Ohio House of Representatives passed the state budget this evening without including the expansion of Medicaid, despite widespread support from groups all across the political spectrum and the healthcare industry. Medicaid expansion would have provided healthcare coverage to more than 275,000 Ohioans and created thousands of jobs in the healthcare field.


 Rep. Antonio offered an amendment to reinstate Medicaid expansion as originally introduced in the budget.  The amendment was tabled with the vote along party lines. An amendment was later offered that would  provide an opportunity to consider a special Waiver instead of the full expansion.


 “I am disappointed that my amendment to expand Medicaid was not accepted,” said Rep. Antonio. “However, I am committed to working on the process to extend Medicaid coverage for hardworking Ohioans which is why I voted in support of the amendment and I am prepared to work to continue the discussion.”


 This budget failed to protect the middle class and favored tax breaks for the wealthy. This budget failed to offer low income Ohioans solutions to strengthen and create a path to the middle class through expanding Medicaid. This budget failed to ensure support for strong public education for our children.


 Also problematic was the defunding of Family Planning Health Centers, including Planned Parenthood along ideological lines rather than quality of care and services.


 

 
 
 
  
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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.