On Thursday, March 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., UHCAN Ohio and Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage are holding a community forum on expanding Medicaid eligibility at the Westerville Community United Church of Christ, 770 County Line Road in Westerville.
Faith, civic, and health care leaders will discuss why extending Medicaid eligibility in Ohio is economically responsible and an essential investment in mental health and addiction services in our communities.
Please RSVP by March 5 to Rebecca Dillow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 456-0060 extension 228.
According to UHCAN Ohio, expanding Medicaid would:
- Extend health coverage to over 275,000 Ohioans in the first two years.
- Bring over $20 billion in federal funding into Ohio.
- Enable families to stay healthy by receiving regular preventive care instead of seeking crisis care in hospital emergency rooms.
- Provide the single largest investment in mental health and addiction treatment services—$105 million over two years.
- Bring in billions of dollars in federal funding that will spur growth and create jobs in many local industries.
Failure to expand Medicaid would have these negative consequences:
- Many of Ohio's hospitals rely on Medicaid dollars to provide essential services and equipment, such as state-of-the-art NICUs and professional development training to doctors and nurses. Without Medicaid expansion, hospitals will be forced to absorb all of the costs for treating the uninsured—causing some hospitals, especially those in rural areas, to close.
- Failure to do the Medicaid expansion will leave a $404 million hole in the Ohio budget, which taxpayers will have to pick up.