This week, Voices CEO Brandi Slaughter testified before the Ohio Senate Finance: Health and Medicaid Subcommittee on provisions that impact Ohio children in the proposed 2018-2019 state budget. We are always grateful for the opportunity to raise our voice for kids at the Ohio General Assembly.
Ohio is the home of more than 2.6 million children and, at Voices, we strive to give all of them a voice in the public policy process. Because, while priorities and issues change from one General Assembly to another and from this budget cycle to the next, children’s needs remain the same. They need a loving family and support system, nourishing meals, access to affordable, effective healthcare, safe neighborhoods, quality schools, engaging community activities, and a variety of college and career options.
This budget cycle, we are supporting investments in Ohio's Help Me Grow home visiting program; requesting membership in the Governor's proposed School Health Advisory Council; voicing our support for Bridges, the new state-wide program for foster youth who age out of the system; encouraging the maintenance of the House's additional investments in kinship care; calling on the Senate to keep the BCMH program intact; and supporting the continuation of Medicaid expansion while cautioning against waivers that would impact coverage rates.
You can read our full testimony here.