Advocacy News

LeadingAge Ohio advocacy staff are working every day to bring members the latest news from the Statehouse on the issues that matter most to those who provide aging services and end-of-life care. Follow along here.


Executive Budget Language Released; Details Emerge

On Thursday, Rep. Scott Oelslager filed the full language of the executive budget, giving providers a window into the details of various proposals that had previously been outlined in the “blue book” and in testimony.  LeadingAge Ohio will continue to comb the 2000-plus-page document to identify all those sections impacting aging services providers. In the meantime, the following is a brief summary of some of the items contained in the budget: 

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Directors Detail Increases for PASSPORT, HCBS in House Testimony

On Wednesday, the Ohio House Finance Committee heard testimony from the Directors of Ohio’s health and human services agencies, including Director of Medicaid Maureen Corcoran, Director of Health Stephanie McCloud and Director of Aging Ursel McElroy. Testimony began at 9:30AM and lasted into the evening hours.

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DeWine Previews SFY 2022-23 Budget

Late day on Monday, Governor DeWine released the “blue book” and fact sheets that include some details about what would be contained in the Executive Budget. The legislative language will not be released until next week at the earliest, at which point the details of the proposals will become clearer. The bill touts $1 billion in investment towards coronavirus recovery, which includes supports for local health departments and businesses impacted by the pandemic.

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Patrick Schwartz

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Susan Wallace

Chief Policy Officer

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