Fedor, Kaptur and Other Ohio Lawmakers Call for Increased Funding for UTMC and Wexner Medical Center
This week, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), along with 11 other Ohio lawmakers, sent a letter urging Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner and Governor Mike DeWine to allocate additional funding for the University of Toledo Medical Center and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the state’s two publicly owned teaching hospitals.
“Both OSU and UTMC doctors and students have a legacy of caring for our most vulnerable families and communities, refusing no patient,” the lawmakers wrote. “There is no better time to invest federal resources to strengthen these vital institutions. Our teaching hospitals are in desperate need of funding to stabilize revenue losses and reinvest in public medical academia.”
The letter comes in response to the recent passage of House Bill 614 by the Ohio General Assembly, which distributed $650 million in federal CARES Act funds to local governments. In the letter, the lawmakers call for additional funding for Ohio’s two publicly owned academic medical institutions, which have suffered substantial financial harm as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Support from the DeWine administration will be crucial to return these institutions, who have also faced budget cuts over the years, to full capacity,” the lawmakers continued. “By fully funding our teaching hospitals, they will be better suited to carry out their vital duties, including the discovery of life-saving vaccines, advancement of medical technology, and improving the delivery of care and better health outcomes for patients in our state.”
A copy of their letter can be found here