Ohio Medicaid Expansion Initiative (2014)
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The measure, which is sponsored by the group Ohio Alliance for Health Transformation, sought to extend the federally-subsidized insurance program to more low-income Ohioans. Had supporters gathered enough signatures, the measure would have gone before the legislature. Had the legislature failed to act within four months, the measure would have gone before voters.
Approximately 366,000 people would meet the qualifications required to participate in the program. Single people making $15,000 or less annually and families of at least three making $26,000 or less annually would have become eligible if the measure had passed.
The group Ohio Alliance for Health Transformation sponsored the measure. Supporters contended that expanding Medicaid would make delivering medical care more efficient, and it would grant coverage to those who don't currently have any. Jon Allison, of the Ohio Alliance for Health Transformation, said, "Legislative action to authorize Medicaid expansion remains the No. 1 priority." The AARP also supports the measure.
Those opposed to the measure argued that expanding coverage would be too expensive to taxpayers. Rep. John Becker (R-65) spoke out against the measure, saying, "I have issues with the federal government reaching into one person's pocket and taking money and giving it to another person. You have this issue of expanding a dependency class. You know, I hate the idea of that as well. I'd rather see people off the government rolls." He contended that the program was rife with waste, abuse and fraud.
Path to the ballot
This measure would have needed to clear multiple hurdles before appearing on the ballot. First, supporters were required to collect at least 1,000 valid signatures. Supporters then had to file these signatures, along with a copy and summary of the proposed measure, with the Ohio Attorney General. Supporters also had to select a group of between three to five people to represent the petitioners. Once the Attorney General deemed the measure fair and accurate, it would then be forwarded on to the Ohio Ballot Board to ensure it addresses only one subject.
It then would have been transferred to the Secretary of State who is tasked with certifying it for circulation. Upon certification, supporters were required to collect at least 115,574 signatures in order to put the measure before the legislature. Had the legislature done nothing with the proposal, supporters would have had to collect an additional 115,574 signatures. However, supporters were not required to wait for the legislature to act before collecting the second round of signatures. If the group believed the legislature would not do anything with the measure, they could begin collecting the required signatures right away. Any additional signatures from the first round of canvassing could have been applied to the number required for the second round.
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