Monday, April 1, 2013

A Guest Post from Jean Young, Executive Director at Family Health

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Dear Editor:

Governor Kasich has recommended the extension of Medicaid to individuals up to age 65 and up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. By opening the Medicaid door to more Ohioans, our state has a historic opportunity to improve health and safety, while reducing the cost of uncompensated care.

Ohio needs to take the next step in transforming our healthcare system by extending coverage through Medicaid. I strongly encourage our state legislature to protect and provide better healthcare for some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.

By moving many of Ohio’s working poor from the ranks of the uninsured to a system that provides access to primary and preventative care through health homes like Family Health, we will provide access to a healthcare bridge out of poverty. Extending coverage through Medicaid also brings those uninsured into a system that is more accountable to the taxpayers.

While there may be uncertainty about how our country’s new healthcare law will work, extending coverage to our working poor is certainly wise from both human and fiscal points of view.

Jean Young, Executive Director
Family Health Services of Darke County, Inc.

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