MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Democratic Women hosted a discussion Wednesday evening on the Affordable Health Care Act and its impact on Women. The speakers were Cathy Levy, the regional coordinator in Ohio for Raising Women’s Voices, and Kathleen Gmeiner, Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage project director for UHCAN Ohio.
Levy explained many of the terms associated with the law. She noted that the law is referred to by a few different names. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is also referred to as the Affordable Care Act, Health Reform and Obamacare.
Levy and Gmeiner also explained Medicaid expansion, which is part of the federal health program. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich is in favor of it, but it failed in the Ohio House and is being debated in the Senate. Medicaid covers citizens at the Federal Poverty Level. In Ohio, low-income groups are identified as those with incomes up to 90 percent of the FPL. If Ohio accepts the federal expansion, health insurance coverage would be expanded to those people whose incomes fall below 138 percent of the FPL.
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