This Week in Public Policy: September 25 - 29, 2017

In Ohio:

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee received a presentation from Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee Director Susan Ackerman about Medicaid 1115 Waivers. Ackerman presented a PowerPoint and outlined the proposal that was included in the state budget, but was vetoed by Governor Kasich. The House has acted to override the veto, but the Senate has not. The proposal would permit Medicaid to seek premiums from non-disabled adults participating in Medicaid.

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 144 (OOD Council). The bill would merge the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Commission, the Consumer’s Advisory Council and the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities. The vote was unanimous (33-0). The bill now goes on to the Ohio House of Representatives for hearings.

In Washington:

On Monday, September 25, 2017, the Senate Finance tried to hold a hearing on the Graham, Cassidy, Heller Johnson proposal for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, but the committee was interrupted by advocates. The bill was not considered on the Senate Floor due to an increasing number of Senators announcing they could not support the bill.

NEXT Week in Public Policy: October 2 - 7, 2017

In Ohio:

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee will hold its first hearing on autonomous and connected vehicles. This is the first hearing in a seven-month hearing schedule on this new technology. Jonathan Weinberger, representing Auto Alliance, and Josh Fisher, Global Automakers, will be providing the committee with a 101 overview of autonomous and connected vehicles. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Statehouse Room 017.

In Washington:

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “The Every Student Succeeds Act: Unleashing State Innovation.” Scheduled to testify are Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, Mr. John White, State Superintendent of Education in Louisiana, Mr. Christopher Ruszkowski, Secretary of Education in New Mexico, and Dr. David Steiner, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 430 of Dirksen. The hearing will be streamed lived here.

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