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Rep. Russo's bipartisan House Bill 287 signed into law

HB 287 allows active-duty military members' children and spouses with special needs to maintain their Medicaid home and community-based service waivers while stationed in Ohio
June 16, 2020
C. Allison Russo News

COLUMBUS — State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today announced that Governor Mike DeWine signed into law House Bill (HB) 287, a bipartisan bill introduced with Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) that would allow reciprocity for Medicaid home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers for the family members of active-duty military when families move to Ohio for military assignment. These Medicaid waivers are often necessary to provide custodial and nursing care for individuals with significant developmental disabilities.

“I am grateful to my colleagues at the Statehouse and to Governor DeWine for recognizing the unique sacrifices our military families make when they are asked to move every two to three years for military assignments,” Rep. Russo said. “By allowing the military family members with special needs to retain their Medicaid waivers when crossing state lines, we are able to give these families the respect and security they deserve.”

HB 287 follows the best practices set forth by the Department of Defense.  Thirty-three other states, including Michigan and Indiana, passed laws similar to this bill.  It unanimously passed the Ohio House and Senate before being signed into law by the Governor.