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Budget Advocacy Day Webinar

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We have one more chance to influence budget policies in the House of Representatives before it moves to the Senate.

Join us Friday morning for updates and an opportunity to advocate.

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Budget Advocacy Day Webinar

  1. 1. Budget Update Impacting the state budget in the House before it moves to the Senate
  2. 2. a statewide coalition of over 475 organizations working together to promote health and human service budget and policy solutions so that all Ohioans live better lives. Advocates for Ohio’s Future is…
  3. 3. Bill Sundermeyer State Director Advocates for Ohio’s Future Gail Clendenin Communications Director Advocates for Ohio’s Future Jon Honeck Director of Public Policy The Center for Community Solutions
  4. 4. Budget Updates
  5. 5. BUDGET PROCESS Governor introduced budget early February  HB 64 sponsored by Rep. Ryan Smith Administration officials presented to House Finance Committee mid Feb. – early Mar. House Finance Subcommittee on Health & Human Services held hearings mid-Mar. House Finance Committee held hearings in April  Introduced a sub-bill with changes, amendments  Will send budget to the full House to vote on next week
  6. 6. AOF OVERALL POLICY OBJECTIVES AOF believes all Ohioans should have the opportunity to participate in the economy, obtain basics, and pursue higher quality of life AOF places heavy emphasis on eliminating poverty, the effects of poverty AOF believes that work should allow workers to lift themselves out of poverty These goals are challenging in an economy with declining wages and median income (-13% 2003-13)
  7. 7. 1. PERSON-CENTERED WORK PROGRAM Goal: assess the barriers to work facing Ohioans and provide support using case management and Broad program ideas and timelines for case management were in the introduced budget bill This week: case management proposal removed from budget bill to be put in a separate bill, recommendations released by workgroup that are similar to AOF goals Next steps: Get AOF a seat at the table, work with legislators on the new bill
  8. 8. 2. WORK SUPPORT PROGRAMS: CHILD CARE & EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT Goal: Increase child care eligibility, make EITC refundable (more $ back to working Ohioans) This week: Expect amendment to increase child care eligibility to be introduced. Next steps: Watch for child care amendment, work on EITC with the Senate
  9. 9. 3. DIRECT SERVICE WORKFORCE  Goal: Increase pay, improve conditions, improve care for workers providing daily care for Ohioans in their homes  This week: 6% rate increase for developmental disabilities IO and level 1 waivers, other related issues were the focus (like independent providers)  Next steps: Continue to promote pay increases across all direct care systems (aging, DD, disabilities, mental health)
  10. 10. 4. ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES Goal: Ensure safety of Older Ohioans by building a statewide APS system, secure funding APS got $3.2 million in the introduced budget bill This week: amendment to increase funding was not included in the sub-bill Next steps: re-submitting amendment today for $10 million per year, continue in the Senate
  11. 11. 5. FOOD ASSISTANCE Goal: Increase funding for food assistance by $5.5m per year This week: funding for food assistance was increased by $2.75 million per year. Next steps: Thank House members and continue to ask for $5.5 million per year increase to meet growing hunger in Ohio
  12. 12. 6. HOUSING Goal: Maintain funding for Ohio Housing Trust Fund This week: funding for the Ohio Housing Trust Fund was maintained Next steps: Thank House members, monitor in Senate
  13. 13. 7. MEDICAID Goal: maintain eligibility, oppose cuts and reforms that make keeping coverage more difficult Introduced bill stopped coverage for pregnant women, breast and cervical cancer, and family planning in certain income range This week: many changes including health savings account (HSA) proposal Next steps: restore access for the groups above, participate in HSA proposal discussion in the Senate
  14. 14. 8. MENTAL/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Goal: Support integration into managed care, appropriate timelines This week: Budget maintains language that describes the populations in managed care Next steps: work with Senate to ensure clear process and timeline for the transition to managed care
  15. 15. 9. CHILD WELFARE Goal: increase funding to meet growing need This week: no changes in funding proposed Next steps: continue to support request for additional services to protect children in all counties
  16. 16. Today: One more chance to advocate in the Ohio House Gail Clendenin
  17. 17. HOW YOU CAN HELP Make 2 calls to Finance Committee members today Tell the Representatives: I am a supporter of Advocates for Ohio’s Future and I care about policies that strengthen Ohio’s families and communities. Please review and support the recommendations of our coalition.
  18. 18. Q&A Unmute by pressing *6 or using the microphone button on the top center of your screen. You can also ask a question by typing into the chat bar.
  19. 19. Thank you for advocating with us today! Please wait while you are directed to the call instructions.

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