This editorial from the Ohio Education Association highlights the important link between healthcare and education. About 40% of students in Ohio are on Medicaid, which means that the national healthcare debate has a connection to the potential for success among students in our state. Numerous studies have shown that students who have consistent access to healthcare perform better in school. Given the number of students in Ohio who rely on Medicaid, its continuation is critical for the future health and success of Ohio students.
“They have books, pencils and a backpack. But will Ohio’s public school students continue to have health care? Maybe or maybe not. It depends on what Congress and the president decide to do about Medicaid.
About 40 percent of Ohio children receive health coverage from Medicaid. And in some Ohio schools that percentage is even higher.””