The Greater Cleveland Partnership applauds Governor Kasich and the Controlling Board for today’s decision to approve the release of federal funds for Medicaid expansion in Ohio to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
“We’ve supported Medicaid expansion, along with other chambers across the state, because the business community understands that failure to do so would harm employers and the state's bottom line,” said GCP President and CEO Joe Roman. ”Expansion is good for businesses and Ohioans.”
Last Friday, Roman spoke at a press conference with the Governor and a number of community leaders to urge the Controlling Board to approve releasing the funds. Medicaid expansion was originally proposed during the budget process in the Ohio General Assembly but was scrapped by the Ohio House.
Since that time, the Governor continued to advocate for expansion. This inaction on the part of the General Assembly prompted the Governor to take a different route – asking the state Controlling Board to allow the state to receive the federal funds necessary to implement expansion.
Governor Kasich urged approval because it is “the right thing to do, both fiscally and morally.” Bringing Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans will reduce the cost of health care by improving prevention and providing options to emergency room care, which is much more costly than traditional care.
In his comments at last week’s press conference, Roman agreed that expansion makes sense from both perspectives. “It’s an issue of importance to small, mid-sized and large businesses,” said Roman. “We’re fortunate to have the insight of many GCP members who also serve on hospital boards and can attest to the fact that this is absolutely the right approach.”