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State Lawmakers Want YOU - to Help Fix Health Care in Ohio

July 30, 2007

In a rare move, a group of state lawmakers are going on the road for field hearings on health care. Starting Monday, Senate and House committees are meeting with Ohioans around the state to get their input on fixing the state's health care system. Representative Jim Raussen of Springdale will be at the hearings; he says the solution must come from private insurers as well as public health coverage and it's vital that people with pre-existing or chronic conditions are able to find and afford the treatment they need.

"We all have to take care of people who are higher risk, we have to look at ways to help treat them, whether it be through chronic management or some type of assistance program, because it affects the cost of health care for everyone involved in the system."

According to a recent report from Community Catalysts the state will need to change insurance laws to make it easier for people with pre-existing conditions to get coverage and some level of public subsidy is needed to make coverage affordable.

Darcy Lehner with Ohio's AARP is glad to see the bipartisan effort from the committee and that they're going out to hear the stories of Ohioans who have a stake in fixing health care.

"The health care system is broken as we know it, and there are many, many Americans that are just major illness or injury away from financial ruin."

To join in the hearings, you can call 877-926-8300.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH