Budget Cuts

POSTED BY: News Department
Tuesday, June 10, 2003 - 05:18 PM
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Ohio children and their parents will be hurt in the state's proposed cuts to healthcare and childcare. Families of three making more than 22,890 annually, or $11 an hour will lose eligibility for state assistance with childcare. This cut-off point will affect many working families. Families losing this care may find themselves on public assistance, because they cannot afford to keep working. Eligibility for health insurance coverage is also being reduced below the federal poverty limit of $15,260 annually for a family of three. About 50,000 parents will lose Medicaid coverage because of this change. Laura Nestleroad, childcare supervisor for Job and Family Services, says they currently serve 624 families and over 1000 children, and for those who are above the 150% poverty level, they may be cut off the program by September 30th. Nestleroad says tough choices are in store for some families and if they have questions to contact their local Job and Family Services. Childcare is not the only aspect of assistance that will receive cuts.

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