Category: Ohio

September 20, 2021

Decline in Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows Positive Effect of Pandemic Economic Stimulus

On September 14, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual reports on income, poverty and health insurance coverage for 2020. Following are some highlights of these reports, which were compiled from the Census’s Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS-ASEC) conducted in March, 2021. Thirty-seven point two million Americans were poor in 2020....

September 13, 2021

How you can engage with the work of OhioRISE, Ohio’s new program to address the needs of multi-system youth

What is OhioRISE? OhioRISE (Ohio Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) is Ohio’s new approach to bring coordinated care to “multi-system youth” across Ohio. These children and youth are often served by multiple public systems due to complex behavioral health and developmental needs. This managed-care approach launched by the Ohio Department of Medicaid, in coordination...

September 7, 2021

Community Solutions Launching Effort to Track and Influence Federal Relief Funding Flowing into Ohio

Funding emanating from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) represents one of the largest single federal investments in local and state governments in the nation’s history. Much attention has focused on the $5.3 billion that Ohio is receiving in fiscal relief funds. Equally significant amounts are coming to Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, and...

August 30, 2021

In Medicaid, Money Talks (If You Listen)

A mentor of mine once told me that if I wanted to understand the stakeholders in a given public policy issue, I must first figure out how who gets paid. While this may be a pessimistic lens through which we can understand policy, it’s useful. Ohio Medicaid represents 4 percent of our state’s economy. And...

August 23, 2021

Why Are Some Ohioans Still Resisting Vaccination?

In recent press briefings, Governor Mike DeWine referred to “two Ohios”: one that is vaccinated and largely safe from the harms of COVID-19 and one that is unvaccinated and for whom coronavirus remains a serious threat. As the Delta variant surges through Ohio communities and hospitalizations rise, we are also seeing increases in the number...

August 16, 2021

Feds reject Ohio’s Medicaid work requirement program

As of August 10th, 794,806 Ohioans received their primary source of health coverage through Ohio’s Medicaid expansion. On that same day, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the Ohio Department of Medicaid notifying them that their previously approved 1115 Community Engagement (work requirements) waiver was withdrawn. As of August...

August 9, 2021

What challenges Ohio families faced during the pandemic

  We need your help! The Center for Community Solutions and Ohio Association of Foodbanks wants to understand what challenges Ohio families faced during the pandemic and what has helped. Please take 10 minutes to complete the online survey.  Results will be available in October and we will share them widely with policy makers and...

July 19, 2021

A Reflection on My First State Budget

My first day as a policy assistant at The Center for Community Solutions was in mid-March. By that time, Governor Mike DeWine had already released the Executive Budget and budget hearings in the Ohio House of Representatives were well underway. Although I knew going into this new position that I was joining during a very...

July 12, 2021

State Budget Reflection

At the beginning of 2021, when The Center for Community Solutions shared its state budget priorities, I don’t think we expected such a wild ride to reach the conclusion of the budget process. The versions of the budget presented by Governor Mike DeWine and those passed by the House and Senate certainly advanced some issues...

June 28, 2021

Redistricting in Ohio: What has Happened and What is Next?

Kate Warren is currently on leave from The Center for Community Solutions. In late April, 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau delivered the results of the apportionment count from the 2020 Census: For the sixth decade in a row, Ohio will lose a congressional seat, taking our congressional delegation from 16 to 15 before next year’s...