Nuns on the Bus Ohio




THE MOMENT


In this moment in our country, Catholic Sisters in Ohio are promoting the Gospel values at the center of our faith -- solidarity, justice and the common good. We are promoting a faithful budget the affirms life for all and pointing out the dangers of budget cuts that threaten to devastate the poor and neediest among us.

We face stark moral choices about what kind of country we want to live in. The U.S. Catholic Bishops stated that the budget passed by the House of Representatives, authored by Congressman Ryan, failed a "basic moral test." In Ohio alone, the budget adopted by the House of Representatives would cut vulnerable children and seniors off Medicaid, take away nearly 200 million meals from low income families, and eliminate over 10,000 Head Start slots for preschoolers, all while increasing tax breaks for the wealthy. No matter what happens on Election Day, Congress will decide whether or not to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%, Governor Kasich will decide if thousands of Ohioans will get the health care they need through the health law's Medicaid expansion, and both parties will determine the fate of dramatic cuts to vital programs for struggling families and children in Ohio triggered by last year's debt deal. Catholic Sisters from across Ohio are boarding the bus to call on our leaders to protect people who are struggling and to remind our fellow Ohioans that voting is a chance for all of us to serve our communities and change lives. We are living the Gospel in practice and policy.


HOW WE BEGAN

Ohio Nuns on the Bus hit the road from October 10 to October 15, 2012, for a 1,000 mile tour through every region of our state. Featuring local Catholic Sisters, and sponsored by NETWORK with support from people of faith across Ohio, we visited social service agencies and the people they serve who would be harmed by federal budget cuts and called for Democrats and Republicans to support a faithful budget that affirms the life of all God's children -- not just the wealthiest few.


NUNS ON THE BUS IS STILL ROLLING! JOIN US!


Nuns on the Bus Ohio organized to focus on federal and state budget priorities and we advocate for a faithful budget (www.faithfulbudget.org) ; one that reflects our concern for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

Currently, we are working to support Medicaid Expansion for Ohio.

The Affordable Care Act provided for the states to expand Medicaid to everyone with income under 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. Under the ACA, the federal government pays 100% of the cost of Medicaid for people newly eligible as a result of this expansion, from January 2014 until December 2016. Then the federal share of Medicaid decline each year, reaching 90% in 2020. This contrasts with the federal Medicaid share for currently eligible people, 63% in 2012, which will continue with minor year-to-year adjustments. The Supreme Court ruling last summer made the Medicaid expansion optional for the state. Ohio has not yet decided whether to accept federal money to expand Medicaid coverage under the expansion. Medicaid covers healthcare for low-income seniors in nursing homes, the disabled, children and working families.



Write to or call Governor Kasich to advocate for Medicaid expansion in Ohio!

Governor John Kasich

Riffe Center, 30th Floor

77 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215-6117

Phone: (614) 466-3555