Help us urge Gov. Kasich to oppose Medicaid
I don’t like to sound the fire alarm, but today I need your help. The state legislature will soon consider legislation to expand Medicaid – railroading hundreds of thousands of Ohioans onto a broken system and adding to unsustainable spending.
Ohio can do better, but some politicians want to score political points rather than doing the hard work of reforming Medicaid and offering a better service for our poorer neighbors.
Want to go a step further? Call the Ohio House of Representatives at 1-800-282-0253 and the Ohio Senate at 1-800-282-0253 and tell your senator and representative not to expand Medicaid. Here’s the key facts:
· Medicaid patients are seven times more likely to be rejected from a family physician than privately-insured patients (and 8.5 times more likely to be rejected by internists).
· Thirty-one percent of doctors do not accept new Medicaid patients.
· Long term, expanding the program is an unaffordable option for the state.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Ohio’s cost for expansion is $4 billion by the end of 2022.
Ohio legislators should not make a broken system worse by expanding the Medicaid system. Adding hundreds of thousands of Ohioans to the program without substantial reform is exactly the wrong policy for the Buckeye State.