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The State Budget and Health and Human Services

A look at how Ohio spends taxpayer dollars reveals that the three biggest expenses are Medicaid, K-12 education, and higher education. The lowest share of state spending is on other health and human services.

Health and human services account for about 57 cents (55.8 cents for health and 1.3 cents on other human services) of every dollar spent out of Ohio’s General Revenue Fund (GRF), the primary “cash register” for state government. There’s good reason for that. Medicaid now covers one of every four Ohioans and one of every two births. It pays for 24% of all hospital care and 64% of nursing home care. The state budget also provides food for the hungry and shelter for the homeless. It protects the elderly and supports people with disabilities. And it even brings dollars into the state from the federal government. Every time Ohio spends $1 of its Medicaid budget, it draws down roughly $2 in matching federal dollars.

In hard economic times, health and human services are often the first line items to be cut or eliminated. But we know the programs often first on the chopping block help strengthen Ohio’s economy and make Ohioans more competitive.

Advocates for Ohio’s Future will continue to work for budget and policy solutions that strengthen families, communities, and Ohio’s economy.

Learn the basics about how the budget process works.