State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) today encouraged Ohio's disabled veterans to take advantage of new provisions in Ohio law providing increased access to the Homestead Tax Exemption as well as federal and state healthcare benefits that they have earned.
Senator Obhof co-sponsored Senate Bill 10, legislation that expands the eligibility of veterans qualifying for the tax exemption.  The law goes into effect this month, following legislative passage late last year.
“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans for their service,” said Obhof. “For many disabled veterans, this exemption can provide the assistance required for them to afford to continue living in their own homes.”
The legislation modified the definition of disabled veteran in order to now include those with an inability to work following a service-related disability, in addition to honorably discharged veterans with a 100 percent disability.
The change allows for qualifying veterans to apply for $50,000 valuation exemption on their property taxes.  Veterans will need to apply for the expanded benefits by early June, and should contact the office of their county’s auditor to obtain additional information.  
Among other provisions in the legislation, Senate Bill 10 also helps Ohio's veterans find and receive the medical benefits they have earned.  The Ohio Department of Veterans Services, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, is required 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." 

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