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April 8, 2019

Transportation budget gains bi-partisan approval, Governor’s signature

By Sam Sobul, Public Policy and External Affairs Intern William Tarter Jr., Public Policy and External Affairs Associate House Bill 62, otherwise known as the 2020-2021 transportation budget was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday, April 3. With DeWine’s signature on the legislation, which featured no line-item vetoes, the process came to an...

March 27, 2019

Maternal health in Ohio listening session hosted by Minority Leader Emilia Sykes

By Tara Britton, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Melissa Federman, Treuhaft Chair for Health Planning In January, Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) hosted a listening session specific to maternal health in Ohio. Sykes was joined by 14 House Democrats – all women – and State Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard). Both Sykes and Kunze have recently been...

March 25, 2019

Transportation budget passes Ohio Senate

By: Sam Sobul, Public Policy and External Affairs Intern William Tarter Jr., Public Policy and External Affairs Associate What Happened The substitute transportation budget introduced by the Ohio Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee was amended Thursday and passed out of the committee on a 6-5 vote. It was approved by the Ohio Senate 24-6. The...

February 26, 2019

Ohio Transportation Funding 101

By: William Tarter, Jr., WTarter@CommunitySolutions.com Sam Sobul, SSobul@CommunitySolutions.com Introduction The DeWine administration unveiled the biennium transportation budget on February 21. Before the Ohio General Assembly examines the budget, The Center for Community Solutions wanted to provide a primer of what gets decided in the transportation budget, the process that the transportation budget goes through, and...

December 24, 2018

Criminal justice and behavioral health number one issue for many in Northeast Ohio

By: Tara Britton, tbritton@communitysolutions.com Brie Lusheck, blusheck@communitysolutions.com On October 26, The Center for Community Solutions hosted its annual Celebration of Human Services in Cleveland. The event highlighted the incredible service from individuals around the city as volunteers, providers and public officials gathered to pay homage to the human services work and workers in Cleveland. Three breakout...

December 17, 2018

Five Things to watch for heading into the next state budget

By Loren Anthes, lanthes@communitysolutions.com Tara Britton, tbritton@communitysolutions.com Brie Lusheck, blusheck@communitysolutions.com Will Tarter, wtarter@communitysolutions.com   By mid-March 2019, Governor-elect Mike DeWine will introduce his first state budget to the legislature and there will be discussion and debate about it throughout the first half of 2019. Aside from allocating funding, the state budget deliberations also involve complex...

December 3, 2018

Racial Equity is at the “Very Heart of Policy:” Reflections from IMPACT 2018

By Will Tarter, wtarter@communitysolutions.com Adam White, awhite@communitysolutions.com   Last week, several staff members from The Center for Community Solutions flew to Washington, D.C. to join a delegation of Ohio advocates and policy thinkers at IMPACT 2018, a state policy conference hosted annually by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). IMPACT is one of...

October 16, 2018

New SNAP exemptions affect Cuyahoga, Lucas counties

By: Loren Anthes, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Adam White, Policy and Planning Assistant   In a recent report, The Center for Community Solutions presented data that illustrates how rural Appalachian counties, which are predominately made up of white families, disproportionately benefit from Ohio’s waiver of work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly...

August 20, 2018

Cuyahoga Job and Family Services Demonstrates Transparency and Commitment to Improving Customer Service at Community Forums

By Rachel Cahill, Community Solutions Consultant Emily Muttillo, Research Fellow Beginning on August 28, the Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (“Cuyahoga JFS”) will participate in a statewide overhaul of the systems used to apply, determine eligibility and manage caseloads for food and cash assistance (SNAP and OWF). In May, Rachel Cahill outlined the upcoming conversion from...

August 16, 2018

Ohio Medicaid ends “spread” pricing for prescription drugs, discussion around contractual Medicaid overhead costs just beginning

By: Loren Anthes, Public Policy Fellow, Medicaid Policy Center Adam White, Policy and Planning Assistant   Background The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) announced on Tuesday, August 14 that it is directing Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to cancel contracts with Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) that use a “spread pricing” model. Spread pricing allows PBMs to keep...

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