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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 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 […]

Health care giant acknowledges Ohio suit, says more could come from other states

By: - April 29, 2021

Healthcare giant acknowledges Ohio suit, says more could come from other states

The NFL is asking for vaccine proof at Ohio event, but the governor won’t recommend other businesses to do likewise

By: - April 28, 2021

When the NFL draft opens in Cleveland on Thursday, people will have to show proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated to be in most rooms where the action is taking place and to attend part of the fan event. Also, the league is requiring team employees who are medically eligible to get vaccinated or lose […]

Drugmaker on rising prices: Don’t look at us

By: - April 27, 2021

A subsidiary of a leading U.S. drugmaker is reporting that the net cost of its products has been falling. If that’s true, it would appear that drug middlemen and insurers are driving increases in the overall cost of medicine and in consumers’ out-of-pocket costs at the counter. The report, by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen […]

Two additional states might be eyeing litigation against health care giant

By: - April 26, 2021

Add Kansas and Arkansas to the list of states that might be considering litigation against the largest Medicaid managed-care contractor in the country. Ohio already is suing St. Louis-based Centene, claiming that the company used layers of middlemen to overbill the state by tens of million of dollars for prescription drugs — allegations Centene adamantly […]

As in other states, Ohio might be running out of people who want shots

By: - April 22, 2021

Some county health departments in Ohio are again telling state officials this week not to send them any more coronavirus vaccines. That’s because they haven’t been able to use up the supplies they already have. It might be part of a national phenomenon. The news organization Axios reported this week on a paper by the […]

Loosened zoning could cut housing costs, economists say

By: - April 21, 2021

Less-strict residential zoning standards, such as those limiting an area to single-family housing, would make homes cheaper in the future, according to a survey of Ohio economists published on Monday. A poll of the Ohio Experts Panel by Scioto Analysis, found that 22 of 26 economists agreed that such a move would reduce housing costs. […]

Ohio’s suing a huge Medicaid contractor. Mississippi’s investigating whether to follow suit

By: - April 19, 2021

Ohio might have started a trend last month when it filed suit against the largest Medicaid contractor in the United States. Now Mississippi is considering litigation of its own. A spokeswoman for Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch didn’t respond to requests for comment last week, but that office told the Daily Journal in Mississippi that […]

DeWine rules out additional restrictions as covid variants spread

By: - April 16, 2021

Even with rising levels of vaccination, coronavirus cases are starting to surge in Ohio. The increase seems largely due to a faster-spreading variant spilling over the border from Michigan, but Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday wouldn’t call for increased restrictions in either state. The faster-spreading B.1.1.7 variant is playing a big role in fueling […]

Ohio hires Medicaid prescription drug watchdog

By: - April 15, 2021

As it makes sweeping reforms to the way it handles managed care for the state’s $24 billion Medicaid program, Ohio on Wednesday announced that it had hired a company to monitor its progress.  The Department of Medicaid announced that it had hired the Medicaid and Medicare auditing firm Myers and Stauffer to be its pharmacy […]