About 130 CareSource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion. Gov. John Kasich’s budget signed Friday included a veto on a plan to freeze Medicaid expansion next year. Some state lawmakers are threatening to override the governor’s veto in ongoing budget negotiations this week.
CareSource Ohio Market President, Steve Ringel, says, if the Medicaid freeze is enacted, many Ohioans without health insurance could avoid seeking regular primary care because they can’t afford it, and end up in hospitals down the road.
“There are lives at stake -- people will die, and it is because they won’t seek care. So without insurance people just won’t seek care, they’ll show up in an emergency room, and it’ll be too late. And so we have to make sure that this freeze does not go through, that the veto is upheld.”
Legislators are expected to consider the governor’s vetoes when they return to Columbus on Thursday. The Kasich administration says more than 500,000 people could lose health coverage by next summer if the Medicaid freeze goes into effect.