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Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen has been a reporter for decades, working in Indiana, Texas and other places before returning to his native Ohio to work at The Columbus Dispatch in 2017. He's won state and national journalism awards for investigations into utility regulation, public corruption, the environment, prescription drug spending and other matters.

Ohio gov thinks a law is making kids sick and says it’s unconstitutional. He won’t challenge it

By: - September 17, 2021

Some are questioning Gov. Mike DeWine’s sincerity when he says he’s doing all he can to fight the spread of coronavirus among children. DeWine and the leaders of children’s hospitals are in a panic over the lack of masking in Ohio schools. Hospital admissions of children with covid are up 536% since July and the […]

Ohio AG claims Biden coronavirus mandate is illegal, but he won’t get into specifics

By: - September 16, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost insists that President Joe Biden’s new coronavirus order is illegal, arguing that Biden is claiming “monarchical” powers. But Yost’s office didn’t respond when asked to address the fact that the biggest part of Biden’s as-yet-undrafted order will be made under a law passed by Congress in 1970. And in arguing […]

As child COVID toll mounts, governor says legislature has tied his hands

By: - September 15, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday blamed Republican lawmakers for his inability to take stronger action against a surge in coronavirus cases — particularly among children. But he wouldn’t say they shared blame for a crisis that is putting children and adults on ventilators and straining hospital capacity across the state. And despite saying he’d like […]

Biden administration announces “comprehensive” plan to fix high drug prices

By: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its plan to address high drug prices as part of President Joe Biden’s push to take on anticompetitive practices across the economy. But while it addressed in detail abusive practices by drugmakers, it was a lot more superficial about the practices of much-larger corporations […]

Ohio leaders push to make it harder for poor to get health coverage

By: - September 10, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has cast a skeptical eye on regulations for a group the state refers to as “job creators.” But he and Attorney General Dave Yost are pushing for regulations that will make it more difficult for the poor — including those with jobs — to get health care. DeWine on Thursday announced […]

COMMENTARY

Out of context: Many exhibits at National Air Force Museum lack key details

By: - September 9, 2021

Out of context: Many exhibits at National Air Force Museum lack key details.

Ohio spent nearly a quarter million on controversial border mission

By: - September 8, 2021

Ohio spent nearly a quarter million on controversial border mission. Troopers sent to Texas despite higher crime in Ohio.

In court, drug middlemen fight to limit pharmacies insured patients can use

By: - September 7, 2021

In the first test of a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, drug middlemen last week argued that federal law gives them a crucial right to limit what pharmacies patients with health insurance can use — or at least make it more expensive if patients get their medicine at a shop that isn’t preferred by the […]

Already concerned with drug costs, large employers, family pharmacists worry about more middlemen

By: - September 2, 2021

There already were deep concerns among small pharmacists about drug middlemen known as "pharmacy benefit managers."  Now the corporations that own them appear to be creating yet another layer of middlemen. That has even the largest employers in the country worried.

How info likely leading to massive settlement almost stayed hidden

By: - August 31, 2021

How info likely leading to massive settlement almost stayed hidden. Huge healthcare corps still seeking to keep much of it secret.

Ohio Medicaid chief dodges when asked to explain business with company AG said “fleeced” taxpayers

By: - August 26, 2021

Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran didn’t give many straight answers Wednesday when she was pressed about why her agency restarted a massive contract with a company that earlier this year was accused of “fleecing” taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars. At one point, Corcoran even invoked lawyer-client privilege to avoid answering a question. […]

Medicaid contractor that settled fraud suit reiterates that it admits no wrongdoing

By: - August 25, 2021

The health care giant that set aside $1.1 billion to settle claims that it defrauded state health programs for the poor wants to be clear: It doesn’t admit it did anything wrong. St. Louis-based Centene operates Buckeye Health Plan in Ohio. The company is one of five currently providing managed care for the 25% of […]