Governor Strickland meets with Clermont residents

May 17th, 2007    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

Health Source of Ohio welcomed Governor Ted Strickland to its Eastgate Pediatrics facility May 14. Governor Strickland, who was welcomed by about 70 people, first toured the facility speaking with patients before sitting down to chat with Clermont and Warren County families about their children’s health care concerns.

“He wants to put a face to the families who are affected by health care issues in Ohio,” said Health Source of Ohio Vice-President for Marketing and Development Lisa Parker. “He is touring the state advocating health care issues for uninsured children, something that Health Source of Ohio focuses on and is very concerned with.”

Strickland, who defeated Republican Ken Blackwell last fall, spent about 20 minutes talking one-on-one with the families listening to their personal stories about being uncovered and uninsured, primarily concerning the unaffordable expenses that they have incurred in trying to cover their children.

The governor said that he was in Clermont County on behalf of the more than 150,000 children in the state without health care. He said that covering every child in the state is an achievable goal that he is personally committed to.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland meets with concerned parents to discuss and advocate Ohio
The governor's proposed annual budget took steps to extend access to health coverage for all kids living up to the 300 percent state poverty line (and even beyond in some cases) to buy into Medicaid on a sliding fee scale. In the House passed version of the budget bill, that 300 percent was removed, so it is now stalled and pending in the Senate.

Strickland is touring the state advocating that the 300 percent be re-inserted into his budget bill.

"My plan is to extend health care coverage and medicaid to all children and families living under the 300 percent poverty line," the governor said in his remarks. "And I would like to extend that even further beyond the 300 percent line, especially for those families who may have children with special needs or have pre-existing conditions that make it impossible to purchase health insurance."

Strickland said that even families with the means to buy insurance coverage have a hard time finding an insurance company to provide insurance coverage under some of those pre-existing conditions.

Eastgate Pediatrics is a part of Health Source of Ohio, started in 1976. It is a non-profit organization and the largest health community center in the state. It has become one of the largest rural community health care centers in the country.

"We applaud Governor Strickland in showing his support for us here today," said Parker.
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