The Catholic Conference of Ohio commends House members for not overriding Governor Kasich's veto of the State budget provision that would freeze enrollment in the Medicaid Expansion Program
The State Budget bill, approved by the Ohio GA, proposed to freeze enrollment in the Medicaid Expansion Program starting July 1, 2018. Governor Kasich vetoed this provision. The Ohio House met on Thursday, July 6, 2017 and opted not to bring up this provision for an override vote.
Because of our concern for the poor and vulnerable, the Catholic Conference of Ohio encouraged House members not to freeze enrollment in the Medicaid Expansion Program.
The Catholic Bishops of Ohio have consistently insisted that access to decent health care is a basic safeguard of human life and an affirmation of human dignity from conception until natural death. Medicaid serves the most vulnerable. It is a vital safety net that offers health care coverage to Ohio's low-income children, parents, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities, serious mental illness, and drug addiction. Our Catholic hospitals, nursing homes, mental health, and developmental disabilities programs effectively and responsibly utilize and depend on reimbursement from the Medicaid Expansion Program.
The House may decide to reconsider this provision anytime before December 31, 2018.