Office of Health Transformation Update
March 20, 2013 
Columbus Dispatch
Fighting the wrong battle


Conservative Republicans in the Ohio House who oppose Gov. John Kasich's proposal to expand Medicaid seem to think that doing so would be a tacit acceptance of the president's health-care overhaul, or might be perceived by the party's base as acceptance.


They seem to think that if they block the Medicaid expansion, they will be striking a blow against the health-care law.


But none of this is true, and if these lawmakers persist in opposition, they will be hurting Ohioans while doing nothing to impede the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


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Cleveland Plain Dealer
Medicaid could provide hospital care, prescriptions and more to another 275,000 Ohioans


When Rochelle Meekins found out a couple of weeks ago that she'd be covered by a special Medicaid health insurance program offered only in Cuyahoga County, she burst into tears.

"Finally, there was some hope," said the 47-year-old hair stylist who has gone a decade without health insurance and earns too little to pay for it.


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Akron Beacon Journal  
Ohio and 'a big human thing'

John Kasich reprised a portion of his State of the State address last week. The governor told health-care advocates gathered near the Statehouse that in pressing for the proposed Medicaid expansion they must approach lawmakers "with intensity, but kindness, but with firmness that cannot be shunned aside. ... And we have to let them know that if they stand and support these programs, for those folks who live in the shadows ... that when they stand with us we're not going to ignore them."

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