Hundreds Attend Rally to Save Ohio Medicaid Expansion

Hundreds of people rallied at the Ohio Statehouse today (Wednesday, July 5, 2017) to urge Ohio lawmakers to protect Medicaid. Last week, Gov. John Kasich blocked a provision in the state budget that would freeze enrollment in the program effective July 1, 2018. The Ohio house postponed its summer recess and scheduled a session tomorrow (Thursday) to vote to override the veto.

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics joined a number of health care and provider organizations supporting the rally on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. The rally was organized by the Medicaid Provider Coalition. Jonathan Price, MD, FAAP, Ohio AAP member and co-chair of the Chapter’s Pediatric Care Council, was one of the many physicians who attended.

“Throwing struggling low income parents off health coverage just makes the household worse off, more stressed, less healthy,” said Dr. Price. “Losing coverage of preventative care means patients become less healthy in the present and in the future. None of this is good for the kids we take care of.”

If you were not able to attend the rally today, there is still work to be done. Call your state representative now and urge them to NOT override the veto. You can find your state representative by clicking here.

The photos below were shared with permission from Dr. Jon Price.

If you have any questions, please contact Ohio AAP CEO, Melissa Wervey Arnold at 614-846-6258 or marnold@ohioaap.org.

 


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