The healthcare debate remains at the forefront of American politics at the national level. States are adapting to a changing health landscape while fighting to avail citizens of affordable and accessible health services. Here, lawmakers from both parties have been able to surmount the gridlock that dominates Congress and move towards consensus. Woven throughout the debate are concerns regarding the overprescription of opioids, the challenges of an aging population, and active promotion of healthy living. Affordable insurance options and preventative care is necessary to avoid more costly long-term health problems as the millennial population ages. Young politicians have come of age with the health care debate and grown frustrated by the controversy it has caused, catalyzing action at the state level in the best interest of their constituents.
March 2014: In Ohio, Future Caucus co-chair Sen. Frank LaRose (R) sponsored SB 206, which implemented a wide range of Medicaid revisions and reforms. It directed the oversight body to prioritize employment when managing public benefits and allowed county commissioners to create county Healthier Buckeye councils.
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