Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
The City of Cleveland issued resolution number 427-13 on Monday, March 25th and The City of Olmsted Falls adopted resolution number 22-2013 on Monday, March 12th. Both resolutions urged Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to include Medicaid extension in the 2014-2015 biennial budget. The resolutions point to the expansion as an opportunity to provide healthcare to 600,000 low-income, working Ohioans who are currently uninsured and depict the expansion as crucial to Northeast Ohio’s workforce, noting that Ohio’s hospitals support over 576,000 jobs statewide.
The resolution passed by Cleveland City Council identifies the Medicaid extension as the best choice for the health of Ohio residents, its community hospitals and the economy. According to the Ohio Medicaid Expansion Study, which is cited by the resolution, extending eligibility requirements to include Ohioans making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would reduce the current uninsured population by more than 450,000.
The resolution passed by Olmsted Falls City Council identifies Medicaid extension as essential to supporting the hospital community in Northeast Ohio, and warns that healthcare employees could experience layoffs if the Ohio legislature chooses not to expand the program. The Council argued that if the state were to expand Medicaid it would lessen the burden on Ohio hospitals, citing the nearly $1.04 billion in charity care and $645 million in uncollected debt the state’s hospitals sustain each year.
“The initiative taken by these cities to pass resolutions supporting Medicaid extension is a testament to the importance of extending coverage to the uninsured,” said Deanna Moore, vice president of corporate communications for The Center for Health Affairs. “The Center applauds the efforts of the cities of Cleveland, Olmsted Falls and all municipalities committed to establishing broad-based support for this critical issue.”
Governor Kasich’s 2014-2015 executive budget proposal includes provisions from the recently passed Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid eligibility for Ohio’s uninsured residents. The proposal is currently working its way through the state legislature; however, several municipalities have already begun issuing resolutions urging lawmakers to include the provision to extend coverage. The Ohio General Assembly has until June 31, 2013 to pass the budget, which will be enacted immediately after it is signed by the Governor.
An official copy of the resolutions can be found by visiting the Cleveland City Council website and the Olmsted Falls City Council website. Additional information regarding Medicaid extension, as well as other important health topics, can be found on The Center for Health Affairs website.
The Center for Health Affairs is the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, serving those organizations and others through a variety of advocacy and business management services. The Center also works to inform the public about issues that affect the delivery of health care. Formed by a visionary group of hospital leaders 96 years ago, The Center continues to operate on the principle that by working together hospitals can ensure the availability and accessibility of health care services.