COLUMBUS — State Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) participated in a forum on Monday, April 13 with central Ohio health industry leaders to explore the future of Ohio community health centers within the context of state Medicaid expansion.
Forum discussion focused on the fiscal impact that the impending state operating budget will have on the state’s 43 community health centers, which are required to provide primary and preventive care to all patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.
“Community health centers are a vital part of making comprehensive healthcare available to all citizens in our local communities,” Widener said. “The informative and insightful presentation given by Dr. Wymyslo provides a framework for establishing future successful community health centers in Ohio like Rocking Horse Community Health Center has already done in Springfield and the surrounding area.”
Dr. Ted Wymyslo, Chief Medical Officer of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) led the forum at Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield. Also in attendance were Chris Cook, CEO of the Rocking Horse Community Health Center; Randy Runyon, CEO of OACHC; Julie DiRossi-King, COO of OACHC; healthcare professionals; and other local, state, and federal officials. Attendees had the opportunity to take a tour of the Rocking Horse Community Health Center after the forum.
Rocking Horse Community Health Center opened its doors in 1999 with the goal of providing comprehensive healthcare to 1,700 children. In 2009, the center became a Federally Qualified Health Center.
For more information on the work of Ohio’s community health centers, visit the website of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers at http://www.ohiochc.org/.
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