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.

Supreme Court hears arguments over states’ ability to regulate drug costs

By: - October 7, 2020

How much leeway states have to control drug middlemen was at the heart of arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

DeWine says he wants to make Medicaid better, vague about protecting expansion population

By: - October 6, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he wants to improve Medicaid, but he's supporting the nomination of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who could vote to invalidate the Affordable Care Act and possibly strip healthcare from more than a half-million Ohioans.

Big fight over drug pricing heads to the Supreme Court

By: - October 5, 2020

A years-long fight over whether states have the authority to regulate important aspects of drug pricing will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday morning.

DeWine’s tough spot shows in Thursday presser

By: - October 2, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday provided a glimpse of how difficult it is to be a traditional Republican office holder in the era of Trump.

Power company says utility commission has no power to investigate role in bailout scandal

By: - October 1, 2020

An Akron-based utility company that figures prominently in a massive nuclear bailout scandal is saying that state regulators don’t have the authority to investigate whether the company improperly financed the bailout effort. Over the past week, FirstEnergy Corp. has filed two documents with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio saying that the commission and the […]

Ohio takes first steps toward big Medicaid overhaul

By: - September 30, 2020

Ohio Medicaid, which provides health care to more than a quarter of the state's population is poised to take a big step in a major overhaul of the program.

FirstEnergy says it didn’t have “strategic direction” of nuclear plants during bailout scandal

By: - September 29, 2020

FirstEnergy is trying to distance itself from a massive corruption scandal that has gripped the Statehouse since July, but it's unclear whether federal or state officials are buying it.

DeWine won’t condemn Trump’s refusal to say he’ll respect election results

By: - September 25, 2020

Add Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to the list of Republican officials who say the will of the voters will be respected in November while declining to condemn President Trump for refusing to say the same thing.

Ohio AG files suit in mammoth bribery scandal

By: - September 24, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost on Wednesday sued the players in a massive scandal that continues to roil state politics.  Yost is seeking to stop a $1.3 billion ratepayer bailout from flowing to a Northern Ohio electric utility after a rate hike to pay for it that is scheduled to start Jan. 1. And he’s […]

Consumer advocate again demanding independent probe of FirstEnergy

By: - September 23, 2020

Ohio's official consumer advocate is again asking that regulators mount an independent investigation into whether a Northern Ohio utility improperly used ratepayer funds to fuel what federal prosecutors called the biggest bribery scandal in state history.

Community pharmacy group says CVS, other bigs are unfairly steering patients

By: - September 22, 2020

A huge majority of community pharmacists have lost patients in the last six months due to unfair practices by much larger competitors, an industry group that represents small pharmacists said last week.

During coronavirus, food insecurity, poverty spiking — and it’s getting worse

By: - September 21, 2020

New economic research indicates that the economic impact of coronavirus was mitigated to some extent by this spring's robust governmental response. But there are a number of indications that things still were bad and are growing rapidly worse.