House Republicans chose to remove the Medicaid expansion language from the budget. This action means that approximately 275,000 people, who would have been eligible under the proposed expansion, will continue to go without health insurance and Ohio will lose nearly $13 billion in federal dollars over the next decade. Ohio taxpayers will continue to pay for an expansion of Medicaid with their federal tax dollars, but will not benefit from the program while other states will.
I hope that the conversation is not over. The Senate Finance Medicaid Committee will now hear about the need for access to both physical and behavioral health care coverage. People with mental illness often have serious physical health needs that go unmet.
A healthy Ohio is a working Ohio. It is clear that the best path forward for Ohio is expanding Medicaid in the budget.