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Board of DD discusses Medicaid Expansion (Audio included)

The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities Board discussed how not having Medicaid Expansion would affect its providers Thursday.

Superintendent Saul Bauer has met with Congressman Jim Jordan and State Representative John Adams and discussed the effects of not having Medicaid Expansion on the board of DD's associates and the agencies that provide services to the associates.

Bauer said that Champaign Residential Services Incorporated (CRSI) will have to pay an additional $1.6 million alone to pay the fees associated with the Affordable Healthcare Act, if Medicaid Expansion does not pass. CRSI provides services to most of the board of DD's associates and is one of the largest service providers in the state.

Bauer says there is not enough support on the state level to pass Medicaid Expansion. Without the expansion, many people with disabilities would not be able to receive or would see a reduction in services. The Logan County Board of DD would also have to pay an addition $25,000 in taxes next year to support the Affordable Healthcare Act. It would also not extend coverage to about $275,000 to low income Ohioans and would not keep about $2.4 billion in federal tax dollars in the state. That would equate to $13 billion over seven years. It also would not strengthen the local mental health and addictive services.

The board also discussed a decrease in staffing since December 31, 2011. The agency is currently operating with 13 fewer employees from that date. This is because of retirements and employees leaving because of various reasons. Bauer says that the agency is still providing the same amount of services and in some cases providing more services than it did in 2011. With the fewer employees, the board of DD is saving around $600,000 in taxpayer dollars.

The board of DD will also be hosting its first blood drive on May 24th. The agency has been given so much by the community and it wanted to give back. The agency aims to make the blood drive a quarterly event.

Also, the annual flower sale is underway. Anyone wishing to purchase flowers has until April 26th to order. Pick up for the flowers is scheduled for May 10th.

Bauer discusses the flower sale and Medicaid Expansion.

The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities board will meet again on May 16th at 5:30 pm.

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