Medicaid Expansion: Work In Progress

Temporary expansion of Medicaid through Ohio Controlling Board good first step for working people in Ohio, but there is still much to work to be done.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The decision today by the Ohio Controlling Board to allow a temporary expansion of Medicaid to 138% of the poverty level through June 30th, 2015 is good news, but there is still much work to be done to fully implement the Affordable Care Act in Ohio to avoid a healthcare cliff during the next budget process.

“Working people across Ohio need affordable, accessible healthcare without the fear of losing coverage based on the outcome of the next election,” said Becky Williams, President of the Service Employees International Union District 1199 and leading partner on the Healthy Ohioans Work ballot campaign to expand Medicaid. “We cannot allow the fate of healthcare coverage for 275,000 working Ohioans to be a bargaining chip. Medicaid expansion is about people – not politics.”

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH fully supports the decision of the Ohio Controlling Board approving the Administration’s proposal for Medicaid Expansion, even though it is only a temporary solution and will create a healthcare cliff for working Ohioans on June 30th, 2015.”

“Medicaid expansion is the best choice for our families, our economy and our workers,” continued Williams. “Fully implementing Obamacare in Ohio through Medicaid Expansion will provide healthcare for at least 275,000 working Ohioans, create 28,000 jobs and add billions to our state and local economy.”

There will certainly be legal challenges from opponents to Obamacare, but Williams says, “The futile efforts of extremists to block the expansion of Medicaid should be dismissed quickly. The health and well being of 275,000 Ohioans is far more important than ideological debates of the Affordable Care Act.”

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