State Budgeting Matters: The podcast

Loren Anthes and Adam White talk about Governor Mike DeWine’s first budget – why everyone should pay attention to it and what it could mean for health and human services in Ohio moving forward. Listen right here or download it here!  

A first look at health and human services in Governor Mike DeWine’s budget

Gov. Mike DeWine introduces first state budget, proclaiming “For too long, we’ve tinkered at the margins” Last Friday, Governor Mike DeWine introduced the details of his first state budget, after previewing several initiatives during the first half of March. Overall, the 2020-2021 budget is framed as an investment in Ohio’s future. DeWine stated that “for too long, we’ve tinkered at...

Why the London Patient matters: What does a second HIV ‘cure’ mean?

By now, many people have heard the news that there was a second man ‘cured’ of HIV. It was a top headline last week, based on a presentation of research at the 2019 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) – one of the premier scientific conferences for HIV-related research. Some are saying, “I didn’t know someone had already been...

The Ohio budget process

An odd-numbered year in Ohio means the state budget bill has been introduced. Every two years, the governor releases budget recommendations and the General Assembly takes the first half of the year to consider the proposal and develop its own versions of a budget for the state. By June 30, the General Assembly must present a budget bill to the...

Medicaid work requirements: Why transparency is needed in Ohio’s eligibility waiver

Now that the federal government has approved the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s Group VIII Work Requirement and Community Engagement Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver, Governor Mike DeWine’s administration should do everything it can to ensure it is meeting its obligations for data transparency, legally, and as a matter of public interest. Such a significant potential cut in Medicaid, would affect hundreds...

Family health, homeless services contracts focus of Cuyahoga County HHSA Meeting

The March 6 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging committee met to consider one contract related to family health, and another for homeless services. Bob Math, from the Cuyahoga County Department of Health and Human Services spoke on behalf of the Division of Child and Family Services. He requested approval for a master contract that applies...

MetroHealth Receives Health Care Contract for Kids in Cuyahoga County Custody

The February 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga County Health, Human Services and Aging Committee featured the approval of one contract, totaling $850,000, which covers the health care needs of children who are in the custody of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS). The contract lasts for one year, from January 1 to December 30, 2019. MetroHealth will continue...

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 what transportation-related items will be...

Bridging the SNAP gap: How Ohio is mitigating the federal shutdown’s lingering impact on food assistance

A month ago, amid the backdrop of a prolonged partial shutdown of the federal government, I wrote about the extreme consequences Ohio would face if federal funding for food assistance were to run out before the shutdown was resolved. Thankfully, with the shutdown ending on January 25 and the recent passage of a spending bill signed by the president, a...