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OACHC Applauds Governor’s Commitment to Medicaid Expansion Population

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January 30, 2017 
Contact: Julie DiRossi-King, COO
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OACHC Applauds Governor’s Commitment to Medicaid Expansion Population

Ohio’s budget should protect the investment that has given 700,000+ Ohioans a healthy foundation to build on


(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Association of Community Health Centers applauds Governor Kasich’s continued support for the extension of Medicaid in Ohio. We join and support him in advocating to Congress that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would cause great harm to 700,000+ Ohioans, and our healthcare system. 
“Ohio’s Community Health Centers have experienced tremendous growth as a result of the extension of Medicaid coverage in Ohio,” says President & CEO Randy Runyon. “With this growth, coupled with expanded hours of operation to include nights and week-ends, Community Health Centers are serving more Ohioans in more areas of the state than ever before. And these kinds of efforts are keeping Ohio healthy and efficient – a comprehensive source of care in an appropriate primary care setting versus alternative, costlier settings like Emergency Departments.”  
Highlights of Health Center Program Growth:
·       86% are administering medication assisted therapy (MAT) to address our state’s opiate crisis 
·       22% increase in staffing (health center jobs)
·       13% increase in patients
·       11% more health care delivery sites 

As noted in a recently released American Journal of Public Health study, on average, health centers save about 24% per Medicaid patient when compared to other providers, all while improving quality and patient outcomes. 
“Community Health Centers are a local solution to the national challenge of access to primary care,” says COO Julie DiRossi-King. “Health Centers and Medicaid work hand-in-hand together to provide coverage and access to the most vulnerable residents, all while reducing tax payer costs. With a reversal in one, we will see the same setback in the other, causing a devastating ripple effect on families and communities.”

About Ohio’s Community Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers and FQHC Look-Alikes, more commonly referred to as Community Health Centers (CHCs), are non-profit health care providers that deliver affordable, high-quality and comprehensive primary care to medically underserved populations, regardless of insurance status. CHCs provide integrated whole person care, oftentimes providing onsite dental, behavioral, pharmacy, vision and other needed supplemental services under one roof. While each is distinct, they share one common purpose: to provide primary health care services that are coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent and community directed.

About OACHC | 

OACHC is a not-for-profit professional association representing Ohio's Federally Qualified Health Centers. OACHC's Mission is to ensure access to high-quality affordable health care for all Ohioans through the growth and development of Ohio's Community Health Centers. OACHC represents Ohio's 49 Community Health Centers at 270+ locations, including multiple mobile units, in 65 of Ohio’s 88 counties.