Legislation sponsored by State Senator Kevin Bacon that updates Ohio’s insurance laws to reflect recent changes in federal law was signed today by Governor John Kasich. Senate Bill 9 suspends the Open Enrollment Program, the Ohio Health Reinsurance Program, and the conversion of health insurance policies/contracts option. These programs will be rendered unnecessary beginning in 2014 due to changes in federal law.
"The sales tax holiday can't come at a better time for families preparing their kids to go back to school in August," said Bacon. "The opportunity to save money on essential clothing and school items will reduce the financial strain on consumers and boost sales for local businesses."
"This budget invests taxpayer dollars where they count," said Senator Bacon. "It eases the tax burden on businesses and families while freezing tuition for undergraduate students and investing nearly $1 billion in Ohio's K-12 schools."
"I am proud of the progress the Senate has made in crafting a budget that provides an attractive business climate, invests in Ohio's future generations and funds the needs of Ohio families," said Bacon. "I look forward to continuing our work to give K-12 schools and universities the resources they need to prepare Ohio's youth for citizenship and employment."
"Thanks in part to the tireless advocacy of Mr. Bruce, Ohio has become a national leader in the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Bacon. "The passion and determination that he displayed in leading the Buckeyes to four Big Ten Championships is evident in his extraordinary fight to find a cure."