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April, 2018

LASC Opposes the Medicaid Work Requirement

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COLUMBUS, March 16, 2018 – Today, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) filed comments in response to the Kasich Administration’s Medicaid waiver application. LASC strongly opposes the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s (ODM) proposed work requirement for individuals on Medicaid, as a violation of the Medicaid Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Legal Aid fears thousands of Ohioans could lose life-saving medical coverage if the waiver is approved. Any individual who is part of the Medicaid expansion and not exempt or working 80 hours a month would lose their healthcare under the proposed waiver.

Rent-To-Own, Then Left Without A Home

Angel Trosper lives in a concrete, one-story house on a street in Franklinton. It’s a new location for her: On New Year’s Eve, she was evicted from a house across town she dreamed of buying.

Angel Trosper was evicted on New Year's Eve from her house, which she leased on a "rent-to-own" agreement. Like many people in such contracts, she was kicked out before purchasing the house.“All I did was cry. That’s all you can do,” Trosper says. “I more or less lost $50,000 to $60,000 to this guy, when I thought we were purchasing this house.”

Trosper’s troubles started six years ago. She and her husband Ron lived in Texas at the time, but were looking to move home to Columbus. They wanted to bring along Ron’s parents and brother, so they would need a lot of space.

The couple found an upper and lower duplex house that needed some work. Trosper says the landlord gave them a bad feeling, but they went ahead and signed a “rent-to-own” agreement.

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