Ohio

417,000 Ohioans with disabilities are at risk of losing the services that enable them to live and participate in their community.
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Ohio stands to lose $48 billion in federal funding for Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and financial assistance for marketplace coverage through the proposed Senate healthcare bill. Medicaid provides 417,000 people with disabilities in Ohio with access to critical care that helps them live independently. Learn more about Medicaid for Ohioans with the Busting Medicaid Myths Booklet put together by Disability Rights Ohio.

If you care about people with disabilities – if you or someone you love is supported by Medicaid, please take action NOW

You matter, your story about Medicaid is critical, and your call makes a difference. 

It is absolutely essential to make the case to your representatives Senator Brown, Senator Portman, and Governor Kasich, about the impact of the Medicaid per capita caps on community services and supports for individuals with disabilities.

Please, whether you’re a lifelong activist or haven’t voted in years – take five minutes today to help defend essential services for people with disabilities.

Call the main Capitol line at: (202) 224-3121 (You’ll be directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard who can direct you to both of your senators.)

What to Say

Your Representatives

713 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
 
Abby Duggan
Legislative Assistant
202-224-2315
 
Senator Portman, Rob
 448 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
 
Sarah Schmidt
Health Care Legislative Assistant
202-224-3353 
 
Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
 
Let your Senators know how harmful this bill will be to Ohioans with disabilities. Please call your representatives and encourage your friends and family to join you. Let your representatives know that cuts to Medicaid put individuals with disabilities at risk of losing essential services that allow them to live and work in the community. This cannot happen. Help them understand the importance by sharing your personal story. 
 
Key messages:
  • Do NOT support the Senate healthcare bill.  
  • Do NOT allow Medicaid to be gutted.  Per Capita Caps would decimate the program on which people with disabilities and seniors rely for critical healthcare and community services.  
  • Do NOT allow states to opt out of requiring health plans to cover basic health care and keep it affordable for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities.

Learn More About the Impact of the Bill on Ohioans:

Mental Health and the AHCA (the Bazelon Center)

Ohio Harmed By Medicaid Caps (Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NHeLP)

Medicaid in Ohio (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Medicaid Fact Sheets (Children’s Hospitals Association)

Defending Health Care in 2017: What Is at Stake for Ohio (Families USA)

Medicaid Works: Cuts Would Harm Ohioans (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

School-based Health Care Under Threat: Medicaid Per Capita Caps Hurt Kids (National Health Law Program)

Ohio I/DD Spending

 

Reports on State Impact

State Medicaid Financing Fact Sheet (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

The Impact of Medicaid Cuts on People with Disabilities: State-by-State Breakdown (Center for American Progress)

State Variation in Medicaid Per Enrollee Spending for Seniors and People with Disabilities  (Kaiser Family Foundation)

The Impact of Per Capita Caps on Federal and State Medicaid Spending (Urban Institute)

 

 

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