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Don’t make Ohioans dependent

Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine took an important step in ensuring state government is not actively creating a burden for itself (and therefore Ohioans) when he asked state Attorney General Dave Yost to take legal action to reverse the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw the Buckeye State’s Medicaid work requirements.

“Removing a provision that says a healthy, able-bodied individual should be working, looking for work, participating in job training, or participating in a recovery program in order to receive free taxpayer-funded healthcare is contrary to Ohioans’ values,” DeWine said. “Eliminating reasonable requirements discourages people from becoming self-sufficient and only reinforces government dependency. Ohio’s program would offer assistance when Ohioans need it, while providing opportunities for future success.”

Since 2017 Ohio has had work requirements for the Medicaid expansion population. It was a move designed to fulfill responsibility to both taxpayers AND those who need help on their way to getting back on their feet. Federal officials struck down that attempt last month, instead appearing to want to keep as many people on taxpayers’ dime as possible.

DeWine is right; and Yost’s office did file a notice of appeal with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There will be work to do if that appeal is to be successful, but the wellbeing of ALL Ohioans is worth the effort.

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