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COVERING KIDS IN TENUOUS TIMES Families USA Conference January 24, 2008 Mary D. Wachtel Voices for Ohios Children 614.225.9073

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1 COVERING KIDS IN TENUOUS TIMES Families USA Conference January 24, 2008 Mary D. Wachtel Voices for Ohios Children

2 A Quiz Its the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!

3 Alice in Wonderland

4 Ohio Advocates

5 Ohios Medicaid Expansions passed in Budget Pregnant women to 200% FPL Youth emancipating from foster care Ticket to Work Childrens Buy-In program MCaid/SCHIP for kids to 300% FPL

6 How We Got The Expansions Specific proposal – media exposure Bipartisan support and leadership Strong public support Included in biennial state budget bill

7 Where We Are Now January 2008 implementation: –Pregnant women –Youth emancipating from foster care April 2008 implementation: –Childrens Buy-In Program (CBI) –Ticket to Work

8 MCaid/SCHIP to 300%

9 What Happened?

10 Options for % File for % % Appeal Litigate Use state funds Start CBI at 251%

11 Things to Consider Not all states are the same Balancing moving forward with larger goal Political context Ripple effect Federal advocacy key in 2008

12 THANK YOU!


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