This Week in Public Policy: November 4 - 8, 2019

This Week in Public Policy provides a summary of policy and legislation in Ohio and at the federal level that is of interest to people with disabilities.

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In Ohio

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, the House Health Committee held PROPONENT Testimony on House Bill 188 (Blindness – Adoption and Custody). The bill would prohibit a person’s blindness from being used to deny or limit custody, parenting time, visitation, etc. Twelve witness provided written or oral testimony, including: Dan Kelly, Heather Leiterman, Andrea Stover, Annette Anderson, Annette Lutz, Eric Duffy, Jordy Stringer, Marianne Denning, Debra Baker and witness for the National Federation of the Blind Sheri Albers, Barbara Pierce and Richard Payne.

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 287 (Medicaid Waivers for Military Families) by a vote of 91-0. The bill would require the state to set aside a number of HCBS Waivers to accommodate military families who are transferred into Ohio for military service and who were receiving services on a waiver in another state. The fiscal note for the bill states, “Medicaid waiver programs administered by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODODD) do have waiting lists. Since there are waiting lists, county boards of developmental disabilities may see decreased expenditures if reserved waivers go unused. However, it is likely that ODODD would prioritize the waiting list, so this may not occur. … ODODD stated that it is possible that it would pay the cost of covering those waivers reserved for active duty military personnel.”

In Washington

On October 30, 2019, US Senator Sherrod Brown introduced S.2753, the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2019. The bill text is not yet available, but is widely expected to mirror the bill introduced in the House (HR4280) which, according to Disability Scoop, would allow individuals receiving SSI to have assets up to $10,000 and married couples to have $20,000. The House Resolution text is also not yet available.


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In Ohio

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the House Insurance Committee will hold ALL Testimony on Senate Bill 9. The bill would require health insurers to provide certain claim information to employers. The bill is scheduled to have amendments offered. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 122 of the Ohio Statehouse.

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the House Health Committee will hold ALL Testimony on House Bill 188 (Blindness -Adoption and Custody). The bill would prohibit a persons blindness from being used to deny or limit custody, parenting time, adoption, etc. The hearing will take place at 11:00 a.m. in Room 116 of the Ohio Statehouse.

In Washington

No disability specific hearings were identified, although the House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Caring for Aging Americans” on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:00 .a.m. The witnesses have not yet been identified by the Committee, but it is important to note the Ways and Means Committee has oversight of Social Security Administration Programs. The hearing will take place in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building.


Facts That May Only Interest Me:  in 1974, the mummified remains of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II were in need of critical repairs that could only be provided in France. Before shipping the remains to France, however, the Egyptian Government issued the long-dead king a valid passport because the law in France requires all persons, dead or alive, to have a valid ID in order to enter France.