State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk Twp.) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bipartisan, comprehensive state operating budget that provides crucial assistance to schools and community programs, while at the same time reducing the burden on Ohio’s taxpayers.
In addition to providing Ohioans with a $1.5 billion state income tax cut over the next two years, Amended Substitute House Bill 59 also ensures that none of Ohio’s school districts will receive less state aid than they did in FY 2013, increases funding for special education, mental health services and addiction services, and takes significant steps to make higher education more affordable.
“The passage of this budget out of the Ohio House marks the latest step on the road to recovery for Ohio,” Boose said. “This budget will continue to follow the path of strong fiscal stewardship and economic growth that we have witnessed over the past two years.”
During Thursday’s voting session, the House adopted an amendment to Am. Sub. H.B. 59 that aims to transform Medicaid and Ohio’s health care delivery system. The amendment will require the director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation and the director of Medicaid to submit to the General Assembly a proposal to reform Medicaid.
Specifically, the goals of the amendment include:
** Focusing on moving certain individuals off Medicaid and onto an employer-sponsored health insurance or the health insurance marketplace
** Implementing strategies to lower Medicaid caseloads by offering workforce readiness, educational services and wellness services
** Seeking to lower the net state and federal costs for the Medicaid program and reduce the number of individuals who enroll in Medicaid over time
Am. Sub. H.B. 59 will now move to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.