OEA supports Medicaid expansion,urges broader debate on applying the savings
COLUMBUS — October 23, 2013 — “The Ohio Education Association applauds the temporary expansion of Medicaid,” said Becky Higgins, president of the Ohio Education Association. “It is laudable that some 275,000 Ohioans will have access to health care over the next two years thanks to the action taken by the state Controlling Board.”
“The same $400 million that will be saved by the Medicaid expansion also provides an important opportunity to consider how that money should be allocated. Before we leap into more income tax cuts – cuts that under this administration have favored the most well-off citizens of Ohio – we believe our students deserve a serious discussion on how that money should be used.”
“OEA is all for easing the tax burden on hard-working Ohioans, but these are many of the same people who have been forced to pay more in local levies to support their public schools because of cuts in state aid to local school districts. The fact remains that state funds for public education are still $515 million less than they were in the last year of the previous administration. Shouldn’t we be looking at ways to initiate a more equitable funding formula that meets the educational needs of the state’s public schools?”
The Ohio Education Association (ohea.org) represents 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio's public schools, colleges and universities.
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