Filing error will keep dialysis amendment off Ohio’s November ballot

Ohio Statehouse News

COLUMBUS (WDTN) – A proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution could have capped the cost of kidney dialysis and put in place other requirements, but it will not be on the ballot this fall.

It all comes down to strictly following the rules. An error in filing forms has caused the entire effort to be thrown out.

Not only would the amendment have capped the cost of dialysis, but it would have required annual inspections of clinics and hit companies that overcharge patients with penalties.

The people of Ohio will now have to wait to vote on if that is something they agree with.

The Ohio Supreme Court just ruled that because managers did not file forms before they were paid to supervise signature collection, none of the petitions will count.

The Service Employees International Union 1199 was backing the measure and hired a company from California to collect the needed signatures.

They have released a statement, saying:

“It shameful that the Ohio Supreme court relied on what even the justices acknowledge is a technicality to stop millions of Ohioans from voting on a critical issue affecting tens of thousands of people who need dialysis to stay alive. Those patients will now be denied this chance for improved conditions and better, more sanitary care in the clinics, which this initiative would have produced.”

Opponents of the ballot initiative have also released a statement that reads in part:

“The court challenge filed by the Ohio Renal Association was a prudent course of action given the potential harm this proposal could bring to Ohio’s 18,000 dialysis patients.”

Nearly four million dollars was spent trying to get this issue on the November ballot.

Supporters of the amendment will now have to start over from the beginning if they hope to get it on a ballot next year.

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