Preserving Investments Made in Early Care and Education – Helping children enter school ready to learn is critical to their long-term success. The budget preserves funding in the Department of Education for Early Childhood Education (formerly public preschool) for 5,700 children. The budget maintains some funding for Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program that works to improve the quality of Ohio’s early care and education programs. Funding for the Help Me Grow program was reduced by $3 million each year. We applaud the administration for continuing work begun in the Strickland administration to refinance this program through Medicaid. Refinancing portions of this program will mitigate General Revenue Fund (GRF) reductions. The Governor’s focus on prenatal care is a common-sense method of promoting healthier children and mothers, and it saves money in the system. Lowering the number of low-birth-weight babies – whose care costs six times more than that of healthy babies – will have positive effects down the line, reducing the need for early intervention, special education in school, and more. Preservation of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, TANF Cash Assistance, and emergency food assistance represents more good news in the budget. DYSBoth the RECLAIM program and Youth Services Subsidy line items are funded at FY 2011 levels in both years of the bienniumContinuation of funding for Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health ProgramsOne more Juvenile Detention Center closed
Ohio’s Area Agencies on Aging are pleased that Governor Kasich’s budget embraces a Unified Long-term Care Budget, a policy long endorsed by the aging network, to help more people stay in their own homes and reduce what taxpayers spend on Medicaid.
Advocates for Ohio’s Future Political and Field Call Featuring: Margaret Hulbert, co-Chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future and Vice President, Strategic Resources & Public Policy of United Way of Greater Cincinatti (UWGC) Gayle Channing Tenenbaum, co-Chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, Senior Policy Associate for Voices for Ohio’s Children, and Director of Policy and Govt Affairs at PCSAO Cindy Farson, Director of Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) Nora Nees, Director of Child and Senior Nutrition of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks (OASHF)
Additional revenue should be prioritized for basic needs including health, human services and early care & education
Sub HB 153 (State Budget, FY 2012-2013)Gayle Channing Tenenbaumco-Chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, Senior Policy Associate for Voices for Ohio’s Children, and Director of Policy and Govt Affairs at PCSAO
$57 million (state GRF) needed to keep program at current levels
Rule and waiver changes that can reduce costs in a thoughtful way
Stakeholder and legislative input on planned combined unified waiver including aging and under 60 physically disabled waivers
More Cuts to the Aging Network Adult Protective Services have taken a 10% cut from an already critically underfunded line – propose $50 funeral fee to generate $5.4 million and guarantee staff for each county Senior Community Services Block Grant, Alzheimer’s funding, LTC Ombudsman are cut an additional 10% The second year of the biennium is a open to changing Medicaid delivery without reference to stakeholder or legislative input.
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Nora NeesDirector of Child & Senior NutritionOhio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks(614) 221-4336 ext230www.oashf.org
Growing poverty, underemployment and wage stagnation plague Ohio. The bottom 5th of earners (median income $9,846.00) spend 35.6% of their income on food and 9.4% of their income on gas. Hits those on fixed and low incomes hardest.
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