LCCAA Board of Directors Supports Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

posted 3/29/13 -- Lorain County Community Action Agency announced today that its Board of Directors passed a resolution to endorse Medicaid expansion in the State of Ohio. Approximately 1 in 10 Lorain County residents lack health insurance. These same individuals rely heavily on expensive emergency services instead of seeking primary care. A recent local report shows 1 in 5 Lorain County adults could not see a doctor in a time of need due to the cost. Delays in treatment also lead to more chronic and severe illness among low-income households.

The proposed Medicaid changes would expand coverage for individuals up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,415 for an individual, $26,344 for a family of three) from the present eligibility of 90% for individuals not working and 96% for those working.

LCCAA works to reduce barriers that prevent people from living rewarding and contributing lives. In passing the resolution, the Board affirms its belief that low-income individuals can more fully contribute to society when they are well. Passing the Medicaid expansion will ensure over 300,000 Ohioans currently without healthcare insurance or the means to seek treatment will no longer be forced into the terrible choice of paying for necessities or receiving needed medical care. 

The Agency appeals to our State Legislature to approve the Medicaid expansion to advance the well-being of all Ohio residents.