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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.

Poll: People across the spectrum support immigration rules to keep the food coming

By: - August 31, 2022

With food prices skyrocketing, many factors have been blamed.  They include disrupted exports of grain, fertilizer, and fuel because of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. They also include supply-chain disruptions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, the agricultural and food processing sectors have been plagued by the same labor shortages that […]

Is big split between rich and poor making us all poorer? Maybe

By: - August 30, 2022

It seems as if income inequality would slow the economy. But in a recent survey a big portion of a panel of Ohio economists said… that depends. In the survey of 26 Ohio economists released Monday, 14 agreed that rising inequality in Ohio is slowing economic growth, four disagreed and eight said they were unsure. By […]

11th state settles with Medicaid contractor over conduct first uncovered in Ohio

By: - August 29, 2022

Centene, the largest Medicaid contractor in the United States, has settled with an 11th state over conduct that was initially detected in Ohio. On Aug. 24, a deal was announced between Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and St. Louis-based Centene to settle claims that Centene’s pharmacy benefit manager had overbilled the state’s Medicaid system, Reuters […]

New federal law helps many non-Medicare patients, too

By: - August 25, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act signed earlier this month by President Joe Biden has gotten lots of attention for provisions intended to reduce climate change, and for ways it will keep down prescription costs for older Americans on Medicare. But perhaps getting less attention is how the act will help keep down health costs for 14.5 […]

“We’re desperately worried about food.” For Ohio foodbanks, a bad situation gets worse.

By: - August 23, 2022

Ohioans have seen some respite from high fuel costs in recent months. But those who provide food to millions of poor people in the state say their situation is only deteriorating. Global supply-chain problems, labor shortages, the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other mega-trends are all combining to make them worry for the first time that they just won't have enough food for everybody who needs it, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said on  Monday.

After big windfall for energy companies, Ohio economists divided on profits tax

By: - August 22, 2022

Is it a good idea to tax energy companies on all the barrels of extra cash oil companies made off of this year's high prices? A panel of Ohio economists is divided.

Diabetes activists applaud drug reforms, say more needs to be done

By: - August 19, 2022

Pricing reforms under a sweeping law signed on Tuesday by President Joe Biden are great for diabetics, but much more needs to be done, an activist said Wednesday. As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, monthly out-of-pocket insulin costs for Medicare recipients were capped by the law at $35 a month. Together with capping all […]

Threats to the FBI are rampant. Ohio’s GOP leadership has little to say.

By: - August 17, 2022

Some prominent Ohio Republicans have been calling for congressional oversight of the FBI in the wake of its search of former President Donald Trump’s home and club in Florida. But so far, only three have condemned last week’s attack on the Cincinnati FBI office that appears to be the result of a man’s anger over […]

DeWine once said he’d let the courts decide. Now, maybe not so much

By: - August 16, 2022

Just after he signed a bill dramatically restricting abortion on April 11, 2019, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine expressed great respect for the courts and the rule of law. But more than three years later — in a case involving Republican gerrymandering — DeWine’s staff seems to be saying he doesn’t have to listen to the […]

Experts: Dems’ drug measures are good for seniors. But there are downsides

By: - August 12, 2022

The sweeping Inflation Reduction Act passed by Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Sunday takes on an issue that Americans have been screaming about for years: the high cost of prescription drugs. But while it will bring immediate relief to millions of seniors, several experts have said it may dampen development of new drugs and new uses for existing ones. And, they say, it fails altogether in addressing one of the fundamental drivers of increasing drug costs for all Americans — the massive, non-transparent system of rebates charged by drug middlemen.

DeWine claims “great progress” for families. Data say something else

By: - August 10, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s rhetoric about some of the most vulnerable Ohioans doesn’t appear to match the reality if data released last week are any guide. The governor has been refusing to talk about some of the most controversial aspects of strict new abortion restrictions that he signed into law in 2019 and which took […]

As new Medicaid prescription program nears, some Ohio pharmacists are worried

By: - August 9, 2022

Ohio’s community pharmacists are still worried that the state Medicaid program might drive them out of business — and deprive some communities of access to medicine. After years of complaints about under-payment and possible profiteering off of prescription drugs, the legislature in 2019 directed the Department of Medicaid to undertake a bold reform.  Instead of […]