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Insurance Commissioner, Advocates Spar Over ACA Effects

Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor says the study backs up a projection in 2011 saying premiums would rise with the ACA.
June 14, 2013

Lt. Governor and state insurance commissioner Mary Taylor is touting a new report that says federal health care mandates will drive up premiums as much as 88 percent. Supporters of the Affordable Cafe Act says she’s using misleading numbers.

GOP Legislators Move To Penalize Insurers Taking Fed. Subsidies

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March 7, 2013

Some Republican state lawmakers want to suspend the licenses of any Ohio insurers receiving subsidies under the Affordable Cafe Act.

Ohio Start-Up Aims To Harness “Big Data” Of Health Care

Explorys got its start three years ago from an idea hatched by a Cleveland Clinic physician who mined the hospital’s database to uncover trends and insights for his practice.
5, 2013

The healthcare industry is undergoing huge changes as the Affordable Care Act introduces new business models that reward efficiencies. The shift to “outcome-based payments” has hospital administrators experimenting with new tools to help cut costs. One Ohio start-up is monetizing the “big data” in the new era of healthcare.

State Health Officials Tell Hospitals To Shelve Rape Kits

DeWine declined to blame the problem on the non-profit employing developmentally disabled people. He called it an issue of "poor supervision."
28, 2013

Attorney General Mike DeWine says investigators noticed a problem with the kits from Pickaway Diversified Industries when several kits from obviously-unrelated cases tested positive for the same DNA.

Medicaid Creates Rift Between Kasich, Tea Party Groups

Gov. John Kasich has repeatedly defended his decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. Farther-right organizations like the Ohio Liberty Coalition oppose the expansion of government-funded health care.
February 22, 2013

Ohio Governor John Kasich is one of the nation’s most conservative governors. The Tea Party Movement also proudly proclaims conservative principles. But the two are at odds over the governor’s proposal to expand Medicaid to an extra 275,000 low-income Ohio adults.

Cardinal Health To Acquire AssuraMed For $2.07 Billion

News of the announcement increased Cardinal shares by nearly two percent Thursday morning.
14, 2013

Dublin-based Cardinal Health says it plans to acquire one of the nation’s largest suppliers of home-based medical supplies.

More Insured Patients Leading To New Kind Of Care

Michelle Mingle gets an examination by Nurse Practitioner Margaret Graham at the Ohio State Total Health and Wellness Clinic at Hospital East.
14, 2013

A major strategy of the new federal healthcare law is to provide insurance for low income people. The uninsured tend to delay getting care and when they do, they use the emergency room. But the strategy has a problem, adding more people to the insurance roles means we need more primary care providers.

The Future Of Abortion In Ohio

Pro-choice activists with NARAL Ohio have clashed with members of Ohio Right to Life over the "Heartbeat Bill," which would install some of the nation's strictest limitations on abortion. The measure has so far failed to clear the legislature.
January 23, 2013

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe –vs- Wade ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court. And ever since that decision that allows legal abortion in the first trimester, groups opposing abortion have been slowly chipping away at it. What does the future hold for Ohio’s abortion laws?

State Officials Unconvinced About Expanding Medicaid

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22, 2013

A new report says Medicaid expansion could bring Ohio nearly one and a half billion dollars over the next ten years. But state officials are not convinced about the costs involved.

State Moves To Require Coverage For Autism Treatment

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January 10, 2013

Gov. John Kasich has filed paperwork with the federal government to require insurers cover autism treatment for Ohio children.