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Rep. Lightbody announces more than $765 million to support health and wellbeing of Ohioans

June 15, 2021
Mary Lightbody News

Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) announced that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of more than $74 million to support Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. $11.9 million will be spent on distributing vaccines, $24.1 million will be spent on contact tracing, and $38.3 million will be spent on testing. The Controlling Board additionally approved the release of more than $17 million for testing in Ohio’s prisons.

The Controlling Board also approved the release of more than $160 million from the Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools Program. The funds will reimburse schools throughout Ohio to cover expenses accrued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I welcome the announcement that the Controlling Board has approved funding to directly combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we have turned a corner, we are not out of the woods yet. These funds will enable Ohioans to continue testing, tracing, and vaccinating in order to eradicate the virus from our communities. Furthermore, as Ohioans recover from the economic effects of COVID-19 it is critical that no one is left behind. These funds will go towards Medicaid and unemployment, essential services that we depend on,” said Rep. Lightbody.

The Controlling Board approved a number of other measures on Monday, including:

  • $419.1 million for Medicaid’s PASSPORT program to help elderly Ohioans stay in their homes and communities;
  • $88.7 million to renew projects and support the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations;
  • $3.9 million for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services to facilitate the adoption of more than 2,800 children;
  • Nearly $2 million for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to purchase supplies from Ohio Certified Minority Business Enterprise vendors;
  • $1.8 million in capital funds for the Department of Natural Resources to enhance small to medium wastewater projects.