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Senator Turner Calls Out House Republicans for Cutting Medicaid Expansion
Columbus—State Senator Nina Turner (D – Cleveland) released the following statement in response to news that House Republicans have decided to remove Medicaid expansion from the Governor’s budget proposal: “I am severely disappointed by the House Republicans’ refusal to compromise on Medicaid expansion. As the Governor has noted, expanding Medicaid in Ohio to individuals earning 138% of the federal poverty level would offer coverage to an additional 275,000 Ohioans who are currently without health insurance. This move would relieve an overburdened health care system and provide underprivileged Ohioans access to basic preventive care. Connecting Ohioans to essential health services is a moral imperative. “Expanding Medicaid would help Ohioans get well and stay well and it would create over 4,000 jobs in Cuyahoga County and nearly 500 in Lake County over the next two years. For a party supposedly focused on jobs, this move is a serious blow to thousands of future careers. Medicaid expansion is simple: allow people access to basic health care and give people access to jobs.”