COLUMBUS- The Ohio House of Representatives passed the state’s two year operating budget this afternoon, Sub. HB 59, 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, 26,000 veterans, and created an estimated 28,000 jobs in the healthcare field.


 “This budget bill will ultimately be more burdensome for Ohio’s middle-class families,” said Rep. Fedor. “It will not help our public school systems or benefit those who are in critical need of Medicaid.”


 Democratic members of the Ohio House pulled discharge petitions today before session in a final effort to move Medicaid expansion – House Bill 176 – directly to the floor for a vote. They called on Gov. Kasich to help get the eleven Republican signatures necessary to ensure the budget reflects the priorities of Ohioans and provides commonsense healthcare to those in need. 

 
 
 
  
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