State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) announced the passage of legislation today in the Ohio Senate to help Ohio's veterans find and receive the medical benefits they have earned.

"We owe it to our veterans to make sure they can understand and access existing healthcare options at the state and federal level," said LaRose. "By helping them navigate this process, we recognize the immeasurable value of their service to our country." 

LaRose, who served as a U.S. Army Green Beret, jointly sponsored the legislation with his colleague Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville).

"With the sixth largest population of veterans in the country, having over 875,000 across the state, Ohio must continue to be a leader in Veterans Services," said Burke.

Senate Bill 10 will require the Ohio Department of Veterans Services in coordination with the Ohio Department of Medicaid to assist veterans in determining which federal healthcare benefits they are eligible to receive and aid them with program enrollment.

This legislation follows previous efforts to curb growth in the state's Medicaid spending while simultaneously improving health outcomes for Ohioans. The program seeks to eliminate redundancies and encourage veterans to take advantage of federal benefits through county veteran services commissions.

The state of Washington passed similar legislation in 2004, saving the state an estimated $30 million and enabling it to serve an additional 4,000 veterans and their families. 

The bill passed the Ohio Senate today with bipartisan, unanimous support and now goes to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 

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