Working People Ready for Medicaid Expansion, By Board or Ballot

SEIU District 1199 continues to lead ballot effort for initiative statute.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In response to the decision by the Kasich Administration to seek approval by the Ohio Controlling Board for Medicaid Expansion, Service Employees International Union District 1199 President Becky Williams has issued the following statement:

“Today’s announcement by the administration is welcomed news for working people and their families across the state of Ohio, who have been advocating for months for the full expansion of Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. If the Controlling Board approves this proposal, over 275,000 working people in this state will have access to healthcare – some for the first time in their adult lives.”

“Working people need and deserve access to healthcare and will accept it either by [Controlling] Board or ballot. That’s why I am proud that SEIU District 1199 has been and will continue to be leading the fight for Medicaid Expansion.”

“Let there be no doubt that the Controlling Board is not a sure thing for approving the administration’s proposal and there will likely be legal challenges from opponents of Medicaid Expansion that could delay its implementation. For that reason and because, as an organization, we committed to this cause, we fully intend to continue our initiated statute campaign for the expansion of Medicaid and will not rest until either the Controlling Board approves it or we place the matter before voters next fall.”

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