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Ohio’s Proposed Medicaid Work Requirement is a Misguided Policy

March 2018

On Friday, February 16, the Governor’s office released its Medicaid waiver application for public a 30-day public comment period. As directed by the legislature, the waiver proposed a work requirement for certain Medicaid enrollees. The Ohio Poverty Law Center’s Graham Bowman testified at the March 1 public hearing. He noted that the proposed Medicaid work […]

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Ohio Poverty Law Center Requests improved Medicaid EPSDT rule in Ohio Department of Medicaid Public Hearing

September 2017

On Friday September 15th,  former legal aid client Amber McCullough testified alongside the Ohio Poverty Law Center before the Ohio Department of Medicaid about her struggle to obtain specialized transportation services for her 2-year-old daughter. Ms. McCullough’s daughter is wheel-chair bound and requires a wheelchair accessible van to transport her to and from appointments. Ms. […]

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What Will Happen to Ohio’s Safety Net Programs?

January 2015

As we begin the new 2015-2016 legislative session, the Ohio House has new leadership, with a larger majority of Republicans, the Senate has the same leadership, and the voters endorsed the same Governor, not to mention the same roster of other elected state officials. As a poverty law practitioner and advocate for low income Ohioans, […]

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Ohio At A Cross Roads: Medicaid Expansion

April 2013

Ohio At A Cross Roads: Medicaid Expansion The Ohio General Assembly and Governor Kasich are at odds over Medicaid expansion as anticipated by the Affordable Care Act. The Governor, a conservative Republican, included a Medicaid expansion in the state budget for all Ohioans with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. This is […]

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Understanding Prepaid Debit Cards – Starting Up The Learning Curve

August 2012

On July 25 the Ohio Poverty Law Center sponsored “Law and Economics of Poverty”, a training for legal aid attorneys in Ohio, at which many of us were introduced to prepaid debit cards as an alternative to conventional banking.  Also referred to as general purpose reloadable prepaid cards (GPR prepaid cards), these cards are relatively […]

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Déjà vu All Over Again

June 2012

Will OWF face the same fate as DMA?  Is Ohio setting up OWF for cuts in the next budget? In 2003, enrollment in the state Disability Medical Assistance Program (DMA) was about 32,000 people.  DMA was a state funded program that provided basic medical care for Ohioans who were disabled or dependent on prescription medications […]

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Human Services issues in HB 487, Midterm Budget Review

June 2012

Governor Kasich signed the Midterm Budget Review (MBR) on June 11.  A number of human services issues got a lot of attention during the process, some good and some bad. 1.      Post Sanction Reenrollment into OWF got more difficult RC Section 5107.05 was amended to add stricter requirements to the reenrollment requirements for Ohio Works First […]

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