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Rep. Russo's bipartisan bill to benefit military members' families with special needs passes House unanimously

November 7, 2019
Democratic Newsroom

State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today announced the unanimous passage of House Bill (HB) 287, her bipartisan bill alongside 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 fellow House members 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 now makes its way to the Senate for consideration.