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Rep. Russo's Bipartisan HB 287 Unanimously Passes Senate

HB 287 would support active-duty military who have family members with special needs
May 20, 2020
C. Allison Russo News

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today announced the Senate’s unanimous passage of House Bill (HB) 287, her bipartisan bill introduced with Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) that would allow reciprocity for Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers for the family members of active-duty military when families move to Ohio for military assignment. These Medicaid waivers are often necessary to provide custodial and nursing care for individuals with significant developmental disabilities.

“I am grateful my Senate colleagues unanimously passed this bill and recognize the unique sacrifices our military families make when they are asked to move every two to three years for military assignments,” Rep. Russo said. “By allowing the military family members with special needs to retain their Medicaid waivers when crossing state lines, we are able to give these families the respect and security they deserve.”

HB 287 follows the best practices set forth by the Department of Defense. Thirty-three other states, including Michigan and Indiana, passed laws similar to this bill.  It previously passed the House unanimously and now makes its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.