The state legislature approved a bill this week, co-sponsored by State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina), to help Ohio's veterans find and receive the medical benefits they have earned.

Senate Bill 10 will require the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, to assist veterans in determining which federal healthcare benefits they are eligible to receive and to aid them with program enrollment.
"Our veterans deserve access to the best care possible,” said Obhof.  "This legislation will help veterans cut through the red tape and get them the benefits they have earned."
This legislation follows previous efforts to curb growth in the state's Medicaid spending while simultaneously improving health outcomes for Ohioans. The program seeks to eliminate redundancies and encourage veterans to take advantage of federal benefits through county veteran services commissions. 
The state of Washington passed similar legislation in 2004, saving that state an estimated $30 million while simultaneously allowing the state to serve an additional 4,000 veterans and their families.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 800,000 veterans call Ohio home, making it the sixth largest veteran population in the country.
Senate Bill 10 has passed both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly and now goes to the Governor for his signature.

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