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More Ohioans Get Health Insurance

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The number of Ohioans without health insurance dropped by 47,000 over the past year.
10:19AM
September 17, 2014

The federal government reports that the number of people without health insurance in Ohio fell by 47,000 during the past year.

Home Health Workers Report Lag In Getting Paid

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12:32PM
August 25, 2014

Some home-health workers say there’s been a lag in getting paid under an Ohio plan to coordinate care for the state’s sickest and most expensive residents.

Ohio Medicaid Enrollment Up, Number Of Uninsured Is Down

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A study by the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation looked at the impact of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion on Columbus and 13 other cities. Among the seven where Medicaid expanded, it estimates the rate of people with no health insurance will be cut more than in half by 2016.
9:07AM
July 29, 2014

When Ohio expanded Medicaid last fall, Governor John Kasich estimated up to 330-thousand more people would get health coverage. A new survey says the numbers may not be far off.

Ohioans Getting $1.2 Million In Insurance Refunds

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About $1.2 million dollars in refunds were issued for premiums paid in 2013 in Ohio.
8:03AM
July 25, 2014

Ohio health insurers are refunding more than a million dollars in premiums to small businesses and individuals for 2013, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. The refund is the result of a clause in the Affordable Care Act aimed at limiting the cost of health insurance.

Ohio Democrats Introduce Birth Control Bill

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8:23AM
July
23, 2014

Democrats in the Ohio Legislature are introducing a bill that they say would require employer-provided health care plans that cover prescription drugs to cover contraceptives under the same terms without charging a co-pay.

Closely Held Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says

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Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store in Antioch, Calif., this past spring. The Supreme Court is ruling on the crafts store chain's resistance to portions of the Affordable Care Act. The store's owners cite their religious freedom.
11:13AM
June
30, 2014

The case, Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, is perhaps the most important decision of the term. It centers on the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of no-cost prescription contraception.

Report: Just Six Percent Of Columbus Could Be Uninsured By 2016

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The survey says cities in states that opted to expand Medicaid programs will see the most progress in insuring residents.
8:03AM
June
20, 2014

The report says the Affordable Care Act will help reduce the number of uninsured in Columbus by about two-thirds over the next two years, down to about 35,000 people.

Advocates Make Final Push For Healthcare Sign-ups

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The federal data shows that many Ohio residents obtaining coverage in the marketplace are older. Eighty-five percent of enrollees are getting financial help to pay their monthly premiums.
9:28AM
March 31, 2014

Health care advocates are holding their final enrollment events around Ohio as a key deadline under the federal law approaches.

Feds Try To Get “Young Invincibles” To Sign Up For Healthcare

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Medical students at Case Western Reserve University learn about signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
9:02AM
February
26, 2014

With just weeks left to sign up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace, federal officials have stepped up efforts to recruit younger enrollees between the ages of 18 and 34.

Consumers New To Health Insurance Face Learning Curve

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Healthcare navigator Jessica May (right) goes over different plans with Shelby Conrad, 60, of Clintonville.
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December
23, 2013

Monday is the deadline to sign up through the federal healthcare exchange to get coverage by January First. The process was frustrating until the website improved, but people who have never had insurance faced a steep learning curve. WOSU met with one woman who received a crash course in private insurance.