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August 28, 2013: the Ohio Poverty Law Center releases fact sheets showing why Medicaid expansion is a win-win for Ohio
For Immediate Release: August 28, 2013
Facts show that Medicaid expansion is a win-win for Ohio
The Ohio Poverty Law Center released fact sheets on health care coverage and spending for each of Ohio’s 88 counties showing why expanding Medicaid makes good dollars and good sense for Ohio.
The reports highlight each county’s number of uninsured residents and residents who would be eligible for Medicaid under an expansion to 138% of the federal poverty level and the amount of uncompensated medical health care provided by hospitals.
The cost of hospital services in Ohio exceeded 30 billion dollars in 2011. About 2 billion dollars of those services were not compensated from individuals, Medicaid or any other insurance program. Uncompensated care shifts costs to insured patients and takes money away from local economies.
“We hope these fact sheets help Ohioans, elected officials and communities across the state to better understand how expanding Medicaid will let their residents get the health care they need and also help their local economies,” said Eugene King, director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center.
Depending on the county, between about one half to two-thirds of residents currently uninsured would become eligible for Medicaid under an expansion to 138% of the federal poverty level.
More than two million Ohioans are now enrolled in Medicaid and an estimated 375,000 more Ohioans could become eligible under an expansion.
“Access to affordable health care helps families become more stable and secure.”
“Expanding Medicaid would increase access to needed medical care, dramatically reduce uncompensated care and pump money into local economies. It is a winning strategy for our residents and our communities,” King added.
Ohio Poverty Law Journal
June 1, 2012
We are changing the Ohio Poverty Law Journal. The spring 2012 issue, published in May 2012, was the final hard copy and the final issue that will contain case summaries.
The Ohio Poverty Law Journal began in 1978 as OSLSA Reports. For 34 years, it has collected, cataloged and chronicled legal aid cases in Ohio, but time, technology and task forces have progressed to make us reconsider what the OPL Journal should be. When we recently surveyed the legal aid community about the Journal, the results further encouraged us to change our approach to the Journal. The task force listservs have become an easier, more robust and timely vehicle to share case documents and information. All messages on the lists are archived and can be word-searched, so we no longer need a separate publication of cases and documents.
Since 2002, we have posted case materials to the advocates' web for 24/7 access. This electronic access will continue unchanged. You can search the archives on the statewide website, http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/advocate/advocate_home (log-in required). If the documents you want are not available in electronic form, we are keeping the thousands of case documents that predate the electronic age and will scan or send copies when requested (indexes for these are on the statewide website).
We are redesigning the OPL Journal as a blog (http://ohiopovertylaw.wordpress.com/)on policy and legal analysis of issues affecting low-income Ohioans. OPLC staff will research, develop, draft and/or collect these analyses, but we also welcome suggestions and submissions from program staff across the state.
The Journal will include policy position papers, legal analysis, research on poverty issues, legislative testimony, significant cases, comments on rules, press releases, op-eds, significant letters to the editor, and other materials. Our goal will remain to identify and share information that will improve client services. We hope that these changes will make the OPL Journal even more helpful to the legal aid community and its allies.
To all who shared their important cases over the decades, thank you. We hope you will continue to share pleadings, decisions and other case materials through the task force listservs.
We think this new approach and format will improve our services. Please give us feedback on the new blog so that we can make it as useful to you as possible.
Gene King, OPLC Director
Ohio Poverty Law Update
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Previous issues of Ohio Poverty Law Update are archived in the list of links below.OPLC Update October/November 2010
OPLC Update March/April 2010
OPLC Update January/February 2010
OPLC Update November/December 2009