Governor Ted Strickland signed into law Substitute House Bill 119, his first biennium budget as Ohio’s 68th Governor, on June 30, 2007. This is the first time a Republican-dominated legislature has sent the biennial funding proposal to a Democrat executive since 1971.

H.B. 119 slightly increased the Ohio Department of Insurance’s budget in each of the next fiscal years — $32.6 million in fiscal year 2008, a 1.6 percent increase; $33.3 million in fiscal year 2009, a 2.1 percent increase.

Health Coverage. The budget creates the Children’s Buy-In Program, which allows parents of children with pre-existing catastrophic illness, with incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level, to buy-in to Medicaid coverage through a new premium and copayment plan. The Children’s Buy-In Program takes effect January 1, 2008.