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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’s unvaccinated might be in as much danger now as they were in February. But state officials can’t directly track them

By: - June 2, 2021

More than 5 million Ohioans have started getting vaccinated against the coronavirus — and a few lucky ones will win a million bucks or a free ride to college for doing so. That has overall disease, hospitalization and death numbers plummeting as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ends covid restrictions on Wednesday.  But the 64% of […]

Antitrust concerns are increasing on Capitol Hill. Advocates say they should extend to drug pricing

By: - June 1, 2021

Antitrust concerns are increasing on Capitol Hill. Advocates say they should extend to drug pricing.

Eleven generic versions of an HIV drug rush onto the market… and list prices go up

By: - May 28, 2021

The health care system is supposed to incentivize the development of wonder drugs and then apply market forces to squeeze prices to a minimum. But a new report shows how at least for one drug, incentivizing is working a lot better than price-squeezing. At least when insurance is involved. For example, Blueberry Pharmacy in the […]

Housing advocate: Worker crunch due to a lot more than federal supplements

By: - May 25, 2021

Federal unemployment supplements are not the sole reason Ohio employers are having a hard time finding workers, an Ohio housing advocate said Monday. Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this month announced that on June 26 he would end Ohio’s participation in a federal program that provided $300 a week in additional unemployment pay. The money was […]

For hundreds of thousands of Ohioans, the pandemic isn’t over. Is anybody thinking about them?

By: - May 24, 2021

For hundreds of thousands of Ohioans, the pandemic isn't over. Is anybody thinking about them?

Consumer protection? New DeWine regulatory chief says most overcharges can’t be refunded

By: - May 20, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine’s latest appointee to lead Ohio’s scandal-plagued utility regulator last week raised concerns among some lawmakers and consumer watchdogs. She claimed that her agency has only a very limited ability to make electric companies refund billions in improper charges to ratepayers. There was always going to be scrutiny when Jenifer French made her […]

Turning the page: After 15 months Ohio starts to move on from pandemic

By: - May 18, 2021

Turning the page: After 15 months Ohio starts to move on from pandemic

Reports: Drug manufacturers and middlemen both responsible for rising consumer costs

By: - May 17, 2021

The world of prescription drug pricing can be bewildering — intentionally so, some critics of the industry claim.  Whether that’s true or not, several reports this year show that the supply chain’s alchemy of list prices, rebates and net prices hurts consumers. And a U.S. Senate report says drugmakers and middlemen share the blame. The […]

Without supporting data, Ohio to end federal unemployment supplement

By: - May 14, 2021

Citing fears that a $300-a-week federal unemployment supplement was keeping Ohioans from returning to the workforce, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced that he would end it.  However, the governor was unable to cite any data showing that businesses’ trouble finding workers was due to the supplement and not other dislocations caused by the coronavirus […]

Ohio announces end of health orders, new incentives for vaccines

By: - May 12, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine began to move from sticks to carrots Wednesday when it comes to protecting Ohioans from COVID-19. The rate of infections is more than double the goal he set for removing pandemic-related restrictions. Even so, DeWine said that on June 2, all orders will expire except those regarding nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. […]

Additional corporations reported to be facing states’ drug-middleman probes

By: - May 12, 2021

More states are investigating more companies regarding their conduct in the multi-billion dollar business of managing drug transactions, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The reporting comes after the Capital Journal in April reported that attorneys general in Ohio, Kansas, Mississippi and Arkansas were investigating health care giant Centene. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has […]

Federal probe of drug middlemen urged

By: - May 10, 2021

After years of accusations in Ohio and elsewhere, a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate wants federal regulators to investigate whether drug middlemen and their parent companies are rigging the system to raise prices and pad their pockets. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., last month filed legislation that would require the federal […]