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04/05/2019

LeadingAge Ohio Wraps Up Week Full of Legislative Visits in Anticipation of House Budget Bill

LeadingAge Ohio Wraps Up Week Full of Legislative Visits in Anticipation of House Budget Bill

April 5, 2019

COLUMBUS - LeadingAge Ohio and the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee today wrapped up a week full of legislative visits, both in our member communities and at the Ohio Statehouse, where we met with members of the Ohio General Assembly and their staff to discuss our state budget priorities. These visits are in anticipation of House Bill 166, the Ohio state operating budget bill which is currently in it's final stages in the Ohio House Finance Committee, being amended and offered up for a vote. 

Budget priorities discussed with members at the LeadingAge Ohio Advocacy Committee meeting and with state representatives and senators of the Ohio General Assembly included:

  • Redesigning and strengthening Ohio's Assisted Living Waiver
  • Preserving the nursing facility market basket increases removed in the Executive Budget proposal 
  • Increasing funding for Personal Care Services and Enhanced Community Living under PASSPORT
  • Streamlining Medicaid eligibility

 

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           Green Hills Community Staff & Rep. Cross                Jennings Staff & Rep. Greenspan

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Brethen Retirement Community Staff & Rep. Powell

 

A variety of meetings took place around the state, including:

  • Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) visiting Green Hills Community in West Liberty
  • Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) meeting at the Statehouse
  • Rep. Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton) meeting at the Statehouse
  • Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) meeting at the Statehouse
  • Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) meeting at the Statehouse
  • Office of Sen. Rob McColley (D-Napoleon) meeting at the Statehouse
  • Office of Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) meeting at the Statehouse
  • Rep. Bill Roemer (R-Richfield) meeting at the Statehouse
  • Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) visiting Brethen Retirement Community

As we move forward in the budget process, we will continue to stay vigilant in working with our elected officials to enact positive changes for our members and for older Ohioans. 

 

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