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.

COVID-19 lawsuit immunity won’t help economy, might increase spread, poll of economists says

By: - September 15, 2020

Covid immunity won't help economy, might increase spread, poll of economists says

Fundamental questions remain as Medicaid revamps drug spending

By: - September 14, 2020

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is undertaking a massive overhaul of how it pays for more than $3 billion worth of prescription drugs a year. It's planning to implement the changes by March, but so far it hasn't answered basic questions about how it will be done.

Food bank official urges people to lean on Congress for more assistance

By: - September 11, 2020

Thursday was national Hunger Action Day and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of food banks said the facilities continue to see record demand.

Consumer advocate wants to know where utility got $60M from in alleged bribery scandal

By: - September 10, 2020

Ohio's official utility watchdog wants to know where Akron-based FirstEnergy got the $60 million that federal prosecutors say fueled the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history.

Ohio approved for $717M in federal pandemic unemployment supplement

By: - September 9, 2020

The federal government has approved a $300-a-week supplement for unemployed Ohioans, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said on Tuesday. He added that people should start receiving the funds before the end of the month.

DeWine delays more executions

By: - September 5, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday delayed three more executions, extending a two-year period during which nobody has been put to death in the state.

Ohio hospital list prices vary wildly, new report finds

By: - August 28, 2020

Plan to boost hospital transparency unlikely to save money, re[port finds.

Expert warns: Ohio Medicaid poised for big trouble

By: - August 27, 2020

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is not being transparent about a process meant to bring transparency to the system by which the state buys billions of dollars worth of prescription drugs each year. But what is becoming apparent as the agency belatedly follows a law requiring it to use just one pharmacy middleman, it’s actually […]

DeWine says his administration wants ideas about how to help distressed Ohioans

By: - August 26, 2020

Ohio Go.v Mike DeWine says he's focused on helping low-income and minority Ohioans through coconavirus crisis.

State won’t consider most of funding request by advocates for the poor

By: - August 24, 2020

When it meets on Monday, the Ohio Controlling Board won’t consider most of the funding requests by advocates who say hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans might face hunger and eviction in the coming weeks. The advocates say that with the expiration of federal unemployment supplements and eviction moratoriums — and with the resumption of […]

DeWine says coronavirus fight has to take priority over safety net

By: - August 21, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said that with limited resources, he'd have to prioritize fighting the disease over helping low-income Ohioans facing increasingly desperate circumstances. Some advocates for the poor said, however, said that is a false choice; that the more unstable vulnerable Ohioans become, the tougher it will be to check the spread of COVID-19.

Without federal unemployment benefit, hunger said to be looming for huge numbers of Ohioans

By: - August 20, 2020

A top Ohio food bank official issued a stark warning Wednesday: Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans already face food insecurity and if Congress doesn't act soon, the pain might become impossible for the rest of Ohioans to ignore.