COLUMBUS - 

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.

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Obhof Announces Redistricting Reform Ballot Language Approved For Ohioans' Vote In May

 

COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced the Ohio Ballot Board unanimously approved the language for the redistricting reform proposal that will go before Ohio voters as Issue 1 on May 8.



 
 

Obhof Announces 2019 Legislative Fellowship Program

 

COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today announced that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) is accepting applications through April 1, 2018 for the 2019 Legislative and Telecommunications Fellowship Program. The Commission will hire 24 fellows to serve in the Ohio General Assembly for the 2019 calendar year.



 
 

Obhof Signs Historic Congressional Redistricting Plan

 

COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) yesterday signed a resolution which will reform the process for drawing Ohio's congressional districts. After months of public input and weeks of negotiations between leaders from both parties, Senate Joint Resolution 5 passed the Ohio Senate this week with a unanimous, bipartisan vote. It also passed the Ohio House with strong support and now goes to the May ballot for Ohio voters to approve. Obhof co-sponsored the resolution and was one of the lead negotiators for the eventual compromise.



 
 

PHOTO: Obhof Honors Brunswick Family For Winning National Educational Choice Video Contest

 

COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) recently recognized the Fife family from Brunswick on the Senate floor for winning the nationwide Choices in Education National Video Contest sponsored in part by The Foundation for Excellence in Education.