Category: Blog

March 18, 2019

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...

March 18, 2019

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...

March 15, 2019

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...

March 15, 2019

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...

March 11, 2019

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...

March 4, 2019

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...

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...

February 25, 2019

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...