2019 Buckeye Hills

Legislative Priorities

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since 1968, buckeye hills has championed the needs of southeast ohio. while much progress has been made in the region, rural appalachian ohio still falls behind both state and national trends.

Residents in southeast Ohio struggle to find jobs, new businesses struggle to find sites ready for sale, older Americans are increasingly isolated, and a lack of accessible transportation leaves many families stranded in times of need. these challenges, and others, threaten the advancement of our region.

We believe southeast Ohio is deserving of investment, effective practices, and inspired leadership that revitalizes the spirit of community.

our 2019 legislative priorities are key to economic parity in our region.

 

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Priorities for Aging & Disability

RESTORE THE SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT

Our aging population is continuing to grow and the money for services is not. Funding the Senior Community Services Block Grant provides relief to the state Medicaid budget while allowing individuals to remain in their homes as they age.

MAINTAIN FUNDING FOR THE MONEY FOLLOWS THE PERSON PROGRAM, ALSO KNOWN AS HOME CHOICE

Home Choice is a demonstration program that has proven itself successful throughout the state of Ohio. Unfortunately, due to the scheduled end of the program and thus the funding, many individuals continue to struggle with transition from an institutional setting into their homes and communities.

ADVOCATE FOR THE HOME HEALTH INDUSTRY WORKFORCE

As our senior population continues to grow in number and in need, maintaining a workforce of qualified individuals to provide services is proving difficult. Advocating for an increase in budget rate growth for the home health industry would allow for a more competitive workforce with lower turnover.

PROTECT CARE COORDINATION THROUGH THE AREA AGENCIES ON AGING

Support a re-balancing effort that improves the health of our aging population. This includes the protection of the vital role played by Area Agencies on Aging in care coordination during MyCare and Managed Long Term Care Services and Supports.

SUPPORT CONTINUED FUNDING FOR, AND THE REAUTHORIZATION OF, THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT

Through Older Americans Act funding, home delivered meals, transportation services, personal care, and homemaker services are provided to older Americans. Funding this act not only ensures the delivery of vital services to a most vulnerable population, but it also provides economic growth and jobs to many communities by generating employment opportunities in healthcare

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Priorities for Community Development

EXPAND STATE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Rural communities need additional investments in infrastructure to maximize development opportunities now and for the future.

CONTINUE STATE FUNDING OF THE REGIONAL JOB TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS

Access to competitive workforce opportunities continues to be a struggle for southeast Ohio communities, and the ability to both focus on and support those opportunities is crucial to the vitality of the region.

ESTABLISH STATE RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE EXPANSIONS

Southeast Ohio is at a tremendous technological disadvantage when it comes to communications, including terrestrial broadband service, 5G mobile service, and other comparable technologies. This is especially devastating when that capability is central to attracting and retaining both employers and employees for a dynamic, fruitful workforce in the region.

EXPAND THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF APPALACHIA

The capacity of the Governor's Office of Appalachia should be increased in order to best coordinate initiatives, deliver state services to local communities, and develop project investments that bring prosperity to the region.

ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED FUNDING TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

In statewide competitive programs for funding, communities in southeast Ohio are typically not able to develop projects that are as competitive for those funds based on the relative scale of outcomes or returns on investments produced. This realization leaves southeast Ohio communities unable to address their demonstrated needs.