Healthcare Unites Us
Healthcare is the one issue that will bridge our communities together and for the better in the long run. It’s foremost on the minds of parents with kids in need, the workers who are unsure whether they’ll be covered and local communities wondering how they’ll fill a need. This is why healthcare is so important to my fight for our community.
I support continued Medicaid Expansion with the Affordable Care Act that has helped hundreds of thousands of People across Ohio achieve stable, good health care, particularly for those living in rural areas and those with disabilities. HB11, a bill to help combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate, passed last year by the House was a great example of rare bipartisanship showing Medicaid programs are recognized as crucial for Ohioans to receive quality medical care.
Ohio's Medicaid Expansion
I fully support all efforts by the state to help our community hospitals not just survive but thrive and be that health-center partner so many small communities in our area desperately need. With the opioid epidemic stretching our local authorities’ resources, we must have an all around support structure to ensure those organizations responsible for handling this crisis, as well as the other issues hurting our communities are well-funded and readily available to those in need.
Late last year the State Senate overwhelmingly passed SB58 that moves to free up bed space in the 1,100 bed capacity amongst the 6 state-owned psychiatric facilities so they are available for those threatening gun violence.
Ohio previously had more beds, but over time they slowly closed our state facilities and greatly reduced capacity and resources at a time when they were most needed. With increased awareness, mental health is extremely critical now more than ever so Ohio must be prepared for even more patients, more expertise and more care for People.
HB292 was introduced last year by Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) that establishes the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents. This legislation represents an ambitious plan with extensive coverage of everyone. It’s paid for by raising individuals, employers’ contributions and a tax on business’ gross receipts.
For many employers this is important because removing the burden of having to provide health insurance for their employees in exchange for paying additional payroll and business taxes would likely be a better bargain. A program like this would provide benefits like improving workers’ lives, reducing employee turnover and providing greater productivity overall.
Removing Business Burdens
Experts from both sides of the medical marijuana debate agree we need to study the medical benefits, safety, and dosing of marijuana, so that we can use it for difficult-to-manage diseases, such as opiate addiction and chronic pain. As more data is gathered due to the more than 30 states who have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana, we can better assess data such as the effect having more medical marijuana dispensaries has on opioid use.
According to two studies recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the rate of opiate prescriptions is lower in states where medical marijuana laws have been passed. I am in favor of strengthening Ohio’s medical marijuana early endeavors in terms of availability, pricing and regulation with other bordering legal medical marijuana states.