Attorney General DeWine Encourages High School Students to Apply for Teen Ambassador Board
COLUMBUS — Mike DeWine announced that his office is now accepting applications for its Teen Ambassador Board for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board is open to high school juniors and seniors from public, private, home, charter, and online schools in Ohio. The mission of the board is to provide Ohio’s future leaders with an inside look at Ohio law and government.
“We developed this program to help students understand how government works and to give them an opportunity to work with their peers and share their perspectives,” Attorney General DeWine said. “The Teen Ambassador Board brings together high school students from across the state, and it gives participants an inside look at law and government. We encourage interested students to apply.”
Board members serve a one-year term during which they convene twice in Columbus. They advise the office on issues relating to teens and work in groups to propose solutions to problems facing Ohioans. They also meet with Attorney General DeWine and other officials.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, approximately 230 students joined the program.
Ohio high school students who will be juniors or seniors during the 2017-2018 academic year are now eligible to apply. Ideal candidates are motivated self-starters who are interested in law and government.
Applications are due May 31, 2017, and may be completed on the Ohio Attorney General’s website at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/TeenAmbassadorBoard. A video featuring past participants and additional information about the Attorney General’s Teen Ambassador Board also can be found on the website.
- DeWine was part of a panel discussion at the Federalist Society’s Inaugural Ohio Chapters Conference in Columbus. The panel, entitled “Fighting Federal Encroachment,” will discuss federal regulatory overreach in recent years and the state of federalism after the change in presidential administrations. Attorney General DeWine has taken legal action in numerous cases to protect Ohio from federal overreach. State Solicitor Eric Murphy from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will moderate the panel of elected officials.
- DeWine issued the following statement about Governor Kasich’a announcement on opiate prescribing rules: “Every day in Ohio we lose eight people to drug overdoses. This number is as unacceptable as it is tragic. I have previously voiced my support for following the CDC guidelines. I believe we can take proactive steps to fight the scourge of drug addiction that is affecting so many of Ohio’s families, while providing treatment for patients in need,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “I applaud the Ohio General Assembly and the Kasich administration for their efforts and look forward to continuing to work together in the ongoing fight against opiate abuse.”
- DeWine will give opening remarks at his CyberOhio Business Summit at the Nationwide Conference Center in Lewis Center on March 31. The summit featured cybersecurity experts from across the country to provide business owners with practical, understandable, and actionable cybersecurity information. Attendees learned how to better protect their businesses and themselves from the evolving cyber threat landscape. Additional information about the event, including an agenda and speaker biographies, can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/CyberOhioBusinessSummit.
CHRISTINA HAGAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CONGRESS
State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Township) declared her candidacy today (April 3) for Ohio’s 16th congressional district. Hagan made her announcement in a web video sent out to supporters where she pledges to put Ohioans first and to take on the special interest groups control on the establishment in Washington.
“Public service is my passion in life. I will continue to fight for Ohio families by fostering a stronger environment for job creation and economic growth. I will demand accountability from our government, eliminate wasteful spending and I will continue my work to build a brighter future for our children,” said Hagan.
Hagan, the youngest female ever to serve in the Ohio General Assembly, is currently serving her third official term in the Ohio House of Representatives. In Columbus, she is a leading voice for a new generation of leaders and was named in Forbes “30 under 30” for Law and Policy in 2016.
“Washington needs a new generation of leaders who recognize that the system is broken. Northeast Ohio deserves a voice in Congress that will stand up to the political bosses of both parties to do what’s right for our families and small businesses,” Hagan said. “That means leading discussions about term limits, our nation’s finances, tax reform and sound energy policy – it’s time to go to work for the American people.”
Appointed to the General Assembly in 2011, Hagan was elected in 2012, and easily re-elected in 2014 and 2016. In 2016, Hagan won her race by 46 points outperforming every federal and state candidate in her district.
“I’m in this race to win,” Hagan continued. “No more career politicians, no more special interests with their hands out, no more backroom deals.”
As a State Representative, Hagan has focused her legislative efforts on restoring Ohio’s reputation as a national economic leader by working to create a better business climate that can sustain a strong private sector job market. She believes that investing in the foundation of Ohio’s economy, business owners, is the key to making Ohio great again.
Representative Hagan has also been a leader in the effort to improve government accountability, promoting responsible use of taxpayer dollars to ensure that Ohioans’ resources are not being misused. She is unapologetically pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom.
Her legislative work has earned her a multitude of endorsements, including the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Society of CPA’s, National Rifle Association, Buckeye Firearms, Ohio Right to Life, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Manufacturers Association, and National Federation of Independent Business.
A native of Stark County, being born and raised in Marlboro Township, Christina is still proud to call Stark County home with her husband Adam and their daughter Josie.
Tiberi Discusses Declining Opportunity and Regional Disparity During JEC Hearing
Joint Economic Committee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) today (April 5) delivered the following opening statement during a hearing on the uneven economic recovery entitled “The Decline of Economic Opportunity in the United States: Causes and Consequences”:
“Good morning everyone. Welcome to the first Joint Economic Committee hearing of the year. I want to especially welcome our Ranking Member Senator Heinrich and our Vice Chairman Senator Lee, as well as the other Members of this Committee, and I look forward to working with them this Congress and diving into some important issues facing our economy.
“The U.S. economy did not surge back from the last recession as it had after every other recession since World War II, and we are paying a price for that. The drawn-out recovery and the meager growth rate we have settled into are exacerbating the country’s many challenges.
“The purpose of today’s hearing is to gain insight into why the recovery, besides being so slow, is also uneven. Many parts of the country face problems more severe than national average economic growth and unemployment rates convey. Some areas effectively are still in a recession.
“In my home state of Ohio, we’ve made strides in encouraging businesses to come to our state and our unemployment rate has dropped at a steady pace over the past few years. However, that hasn’t been true for every part of the state. We can do better, especially for the communities where folks feel they are being left behind. In Ohio that is in counties in Appalachia and in areas surrounding urban centers of Ohio where the dynamics of the rural and urban poor couldn’t be more different.
“Allow me to submit to you four perspectives. First, accelerated national growth would lift many struggling regions. The familiar image of the tide lifting all boats is appropriate.
“Second, innovation is integral to economic development, especially in an advanced economy. Innovation arises from entrepreneurship, which has been the hallmark of U.S. economic success. When entrepreneurial activity wanes, as it has recently, economic growth slows.
“Third, a large, complex economy such as the U.S. economy will always have parts that expand and parts that contract, largely related to different rates of technological change. However, government intervention such as with respect to taxes, wage and employment benefit mandates, zoning, and licensing can exacerbate this by restricting market entry, impairing new business formation, and limiting job creation.
“Fourth, education and skill development are the key to a productive, adaptable labor force. I was struck by observations Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made in a speech last week in which she stressed the importance of entrepreneurship, the importance of vocational education and apprenticeships, and engaging employers in the training process, among other things.
“Everyone is aware of the demographic change the country is undergoing. The baby boom generation is reaching retirement age and that is affecting many aspects of the economy. One such effect is slowing entrepreneurial activity, as a part of today’s testimony will explain.
“The challenge of an aging population makes it all the more important that the economy work efficiently and that government actions, at both the state and local levels and the federal level, not be prohibitive.
“Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For example, laws and regulations for many years have been accumulating at a faster rate than the economy has grown. As a result, business expansion is discouraged and new projects deferred or abandoned. U.S. worldwide ranking in the ease of starting a business has slipped from 45th out of 190 countries in 2016 to 51st today, according to the World Bank.
“Members from both sides of the political aisle have frequently criticized the inefficiencies of the regulatory build-up, yet it has continued. The effects are real and they are holding the economy back.
“One of the key areas of weakness in this recovery has been private business investment, which is sensitive to tax and regulatory regimes. The economy requires faster rates of private investment than the existing regimes have permitted. Regulatory and tax reform will create more jobs and opportunity.
“A central aspect of the economy’s functioning can be characterized as “dynamism”—the rate at which the population starts new businesses, moves to another region, and changes jobs or occupations. It refers to the people’s innovativeness, entrepreneurship, and motivation. Less dynamism means less of this is happening.
“Many of our communities are hurting, and I believe that increased private investment, restoring economic dynamism and the resulting accelerated economic growth can help them recover.
“We have an excellent panel of witnesses today, and I look forward to insightful testimony on economic dynamism and the challenges facing local and regional economies in this country.
“In closing let me observe that there are few periods in the country’s history when America did not face serious challenges. We may face new challenges today, but I have full faith in the resourcefulness of the American people and the functioning of our market economy to overcome them, as in the past.”
Republican Healthcare Plan Decreases Access to Vital Health Coverage for HIV Patients
WASHINGTON, DC – The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), the nation’s largest independent HIV care provider organization, today (March 9) responded with great concern to the American Health Care Act released by Congressional Republicans this week. The newly released plan seeks to repeal certain parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace them with a series of initiatives that will ultimately reduce access to health care for the most vulnerable populations.
The ACA allowed almost 20 million people to gain new access to health coverage over the last 4 years, according to figures issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“We had hoped to see a plan that maintained the progress that was made under the ACA for patient access to health coverage,” said James Friedman, Executive Director of AAHIVM. “But given the proposed changes to Medicaid and tax credits for insurance purchasing, this plan makes it even harder for low-income patients to access the coverage they need, including the 40% of HIV patients that depend on Medicaid for coverage.”
The Republican plan would fundamentally change the Medicaid program by capping the amount paid to states by the federal government for Medicaid beneficiaries through what is known as “per-capita caps.” It would also reduce the funding that the ACA provided to cover Medicaid expansion patients to that of the basic Medicaid level, forcing states to bear more of the costs. Ultimately, this will likely result in a total rollback of the Medicaid expansion created by the ACA.
Additionally, the Republican plan seeks to replace ACA tax credits for low-income households to buy insurance, with tax credits based more heavily on age. Of the 20 million newly insured Americans, almost one-third purchased private insurance plans in the state exchanges, facilitated by tax credits for low-income households. However the Republican plan would offer a similar tax credit to those who purchase individual insurance, however, the credit would be based on both age and income.
“This plan would reduce the availability of tax credits to purchase insurance for some of the poorest, while it expanding it to wealthier households who need it less,” stated Margaret Hoffman-Terry, MD, FACP, AAHIVS, chair of the AAHIVM Board of Directors. “Under this plan, young HIV patients with high health costs and low incomes could be left with less financial assistance than older healthier individuals. A plan for subsidizing insurance costs should be based on financial and medical need, not arbitrary number games.”
At the same time, the plan would allow insurers to charge older individuals up to five times more than younger individuals for the cost of their coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act, plans could charge older enrollees no more than three times that of younger enrollees.
“The population of older HIV patients is growing rapidly in this country and they should be protected from additional costs,” continued Dr. Hoffman-Terry.
As the Republican plan works its way through consideration in the House, AAHIVM encouraged lawmakers to retain the provision disallowing insurers to disqualify patients with pre-existing conditions, like HIV/AIDS.
“For too many years, people living with HIV were denied access to insurance until it was made available through the ACA,” stated Friedman. “We are pleased to see this benefit retained in the new plan. However, we cannot support a proposal that would reduce overall access to medical care and medical treatment for patients with long-term life-threatening medical conditions. Ultimately, a replacement plan should be better for Americans in all ways than the one it replaces—rather than conform to political philosophy.”
The American Academy of HIV Medicine is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioners and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Our membership of HIV practitioners and credentialed providers give direct care to the majority of HIV patients in the US.
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