Ohio chamber supports Medicaid expansions, locals not so sure
By Tricia Bell, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
LIMA, OHIO -
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is promoting the governor's plan to expand Medicaid because of its job creation potential, however, local chamber officials remain weary of the plan.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is backing Medicaid expansion. They say the plan will save employers money, create additional jobs in health care, and protect employers from penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Lima-Allen County Chamber of Commerce, however, has neither supported nor rejected the plan. Chamber director Jed Metzger agrees with the positives touted by the Ohio chamber, however, he's concerned about the state's ability to maintain the program if federal funding is eventually pulled.
"At this time the local chamber is just analyzing both positions and hoping there will be a positive solution. We also have problems with the money always going back to California or other locations. So, if we can just keep it in Ohio and help people create jobs then I think we can find that solution. Then we'll possibly be in favor of supporting it," said Metzger.
Despite their support, officials with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce have also expressed concerns over the future cost of the program.