Josh Mandel On Health Care

Mandel Voted Against $209,035,021 For Medical And Health Programs, Including $10,020,403 For Hospitals. In 2010, Josh Mandel was one of only 18 legislators in both the House and the Senate (out of 129 legislators) to vote against House Bill 462, the capital re-appropriations bill. The bill included $209,035,021 for medical and health programs, including $10,020,403 for hospitals. [H.B. 462, 3/16/10]

2009: Mandel Voted Against Requiring Health Insurers To Cover Diabetes Supplies. In 2009, Mandel voted against HB 81, “to require certain health care policies, contracts, agreements, and plans to provide benefits for equipment, supplies, and medication for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diabetes and for diabetes self-management education and create the mall Business Health Care Affordability Task Force. The bill passed 58-38.” [H.B. 81, 12/08/09]

2009: Mandel Voted Against Prohibiting Health Insurers From Excluding Coverage For Autism. In 2009, Mandel voted against HB 8, “to prohibit health insurers from excluding coverage for specified services for individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.” The bill passed 57-39 [H.B. 8, 12/8/09]

An Estimated 36,000 To 57,000 Ohioans Have Autism, And 1 In 98 Are Born With It. An estimated 36,000 to 57,000 Ohioans have autism, and in October 2009, the Journal of Pediatrics estimated 1 in 98 children are born with Autism. [Columbus Dispatch, 12/9/09]

2007: Mandel Voted Against Expanding Health Care Coverage For Low-Income Families. In 2007, Rep. Mandel voted to not concur (agree to) the $52.3 billion, biennial state budget for 2008-2009, as proposed by the Senate. It failed 46-53. The Senate version of House Bill 119 included boosting Medicaid eligibility for children in families making up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($51,510 for a family of three), expanded Medicaid coverage to individuals released from foster care who are ages 18 to 20, and eliminated the waiting list for PASSPORT – an in-home care program for low-income seniors. [House Journal, H.B. 119, 6/19/07, Page 491; Ohio Legislative Service Commission]