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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 Medicaid claims it’s more transparent than other states

By: - March 30, 2022

After refusing to disclose federal watchdog reports, the Ohio Department of Medicaid last week claimed that the relevant information it “makes available to the public appears to include at least as much, if not more information.” It pointed to some of that information Monday, but it’s hard to evaluate whether it meets or exceeds that […]

The Intel project is great news. But what happens if it goes bad?

By: - March 28, 2022

When it announced in January that it would build two massive new plants in Licking County, semiconductor manufacturer Intel called it the “largest single private-sector investment in Ohio history.”  But what is perhaps obscured by that statement is that Ohio is also investing heavily in Intel. A policy-research group recently issued a report advocating ways […]

Expert: Hard to know if COVID variant will surge in U.S. or how badly

By: - March 25, 2022

The last thing people want to hear right now is that the coronavirus might have mutated yet again into yet another deadly variant, extending the pain, death and inconvenience of a pandemic that we long hoped would be over. However, whether the subvariant of omicron known as BA.2 will hit the United States as hard […]

Ohio Medicaid won’t say if it considered federal oversight reports in massive procurement

By: - March 22, 2022

The Ohio Department of Medicaid not only is refusing to release key oversight reports from its contractors, it’s refusing to say whether it even considered them last year as it undertook the largest public procurement in Ohio history.  As a consequence of that procurement, the company with the highest score on the federally required oversight […]

Ohio Medicaid preaches transparency, withholds watchdog reports

By: - March 18, 2022

Ohio Medicaid director Maureen Corcoran often stresses the importance of transparency in delivering $35 billion worth of health care each year to Ohio’s poor and disabled. But in response to an open-records request, the department last week refused to provide copies of key, federally required reports meant to ensure that its biggest contractors aren’t gouging […]

Attorney General seeks financial info from Medicaid contractors

By: - March 11, 2022

In the past month, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has sought financial information from the state’s five managed-care contractors, documents received in response to an open-records request show.  The AG won’t discuss ongoing investigations, but he might be looking into whether some practices by subcontractors who manage pharmacy benefits violate state law or federal regulations. […]

State employee pension fund to audit big PBM

By: - March 11, 2022

The upcoming audit will be the fifth time in 10 years that the pharmacy benefit manager to the Ohio Employees Retirement System has been audited. An earlier version of this story said it had been audited more frequently. It’s been updated. The Ohio Employees Retirement System is seeking proposals for a firm to audit Express […]

Report: Medicare drug reforms would save seniors billions

By: - March 10, 2022

A report published Monday says that another, less-sweeping (Medicare) change would save American seniors $18 billion a year, an annual average of about $281 for each senior getting drugs through Medicare Part D.

DeWine reappoints utility commissioner who didn’t do much to protect FirstEnergy customers

By: - March 7, 2022

Regulatory reform? DeWine reappoints utility commissioner who didn't do much to protect FirstEnergy customers.

With inflation, supply-chain kinks, plight of Ohio food banks grows

By: - March 4, 2022

For millions of Ohioans, world events are making it harder to fill their pantries and refrigerators, an official who helps oversee the state’s food banks said on Wednesday. Those pressures will only increase pantries’ need for state assistance, she said. The coronavirus pandemic had already put pressure on the state’s food banks as demand increased […]

Survey: Ohio economists disagree on whether YouTube, Facebook operate as monopolies

By: - March 1, 2022

Some social-media powerhouses have already come under fire in Ohio. Now a majority of a panel of Ohio economists says three of the biggest — Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — behave as such. But a significant slice of the panel disagreed. The Buckeye State has long played an important role in the history of antitrust […]

Ohio’s top election official slams “liberal media” over CBS Ukraine reporting

By: - February 28, 2022

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has his hands full right now.  He’s part of a seven-member commission whose struggles to come up with legislative and congressional maps have resulted in an order to explain in person why they shouldn’t be held in contempt.  And in the absence of maps, the state’s top elections official […]