COVID-19

Feds to provide $50M in food assistance to Ohio

BY: - September 16, 2022

Ohio’s foodbanks say they’re desperate as summer is turning to fall. Demand has skyrocketed with increasing food costs at the same time that their resources have evaporated. And with current supply chain disruptions, they need to order food now if they hope to have it when winter comes. And even though the state is sitting […]

Government programs mostly responsible for record lows in child poverty, uninsured, report says

BY: - September 16, 2022

Despite all the economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, child poverty and uninsurance were at record lows last year, Census data show. And those lows are largely the result of large government interventions, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said in a statement that was published Tuesday. The percentage of Americans lacking health […]

GOP balks at White House request for billions for public health, natural disasters, Ukraine

BY: - September 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress are lukewarm about providing $47 billion in new emergency spending for the ongoing Ukrainian war against Russia’s invasion, COVID-19 and monkeypox public health campaigns, and to help states recover from natural disasters. GOP senators, who have returned to Washington this after Congress’ summer break, aren’t so sure the Biden administration’s […]

Doctors: Lots of good reasons to get the new COVID vax boost

BY: - September 9, 2022

After 27 excruciating months, most of us are ready to put the coronavirus in the rearview. But the disease caused by the virus is still killing a dozen Ohioans a day, Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said Thursday. That’s why, with the approach of fall, it’s important to get the newly […]

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older. These […]

New federal law helps many non-Medicare patients, too

BY: - August 25, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act signed earlier this month by President Joe Biden has gotten lots of attention for provisions intended to reduce climate change, and for ways it will keep down prescription costs for older Americans on Medicare. But perhaps getting less attention is how the act will help keep down health costs for 14.5 […]

“We’re desperately worried about food.” For Ohio foodbanks, a bad situation gets worse.

BY: - August 23, 2022

Ohioans have seen some respite from high fuel costs in recent months. But those who provide food to millions of poor people in the state say their situation is only deteriorating. Global supply-chain problems, labor shortages, the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other mega-trends are all combining to make them worry for the first time that they just won't have enough food for everybody who needs it, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said on  Monday.

Anthony Fauci, leader on federal COVID response, to step down in December

BY: - August 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci, one of the federal government’s leading public health figures, announced Monday he’ll be leaving his post in December, though he made clear he’s not retiring. The 81-year-old doctor who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, became a household name […]

Public health agencies adapt COVID lessons to curb overdoses, STDs, and gun violence

BY: - August 18, 2022

This story was originally published by Kaiser Health News.  LIVINGSTON, Mont. — Shannan Piccolo walked into a hotel with a tote bag full of Narcan and a speech about how easy it is to use the medicine that can reverse opioid overdoses. “Hopefully your business would never have to respond to an overdose, but we’d […]

Groups introduce tracker for Ohio’s COVID funds and suggestions for remaining dollars

BY: - August 11, 2022

Researchers with the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Advocates for Ohio’s Future have built an online tool to track how state and local governments are spending COVID relief dollars. They also have a few ideas for the nearly $2 billion Ohio has left over. Last year’s American Rescue Plan Act, ARPA, sent more than $10 […]

As new Medicaid prescription program nears, some Ohio pharmacists are worried

BY: - August 9, 2022

Ohio’s community pharmacists are still worried that the state Medicaid program might drive them out of business — and deprive some communities of access to medicine. After years of complaints about under-payment and possible profiteering off of prescription drugs, the legislature in 2019 directed the Department of Medicaid to undertake a bold reform.  Instead of […]

Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in ‘rebound’ infection

BY: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Joe Biden tested positive again for COVID-19 late Saturday morning in what his physician said represented “rebound” positivity. “The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” his physician, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, said in a letter to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released by […]