Health Care

Effort to claw back $10M in staff bonuses for Ohio teacher retirement system withdrawn

BY: - November 23, 2022

At least 200 employees of the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio made more than $100,000 a year in 2021.  An earlier version of this story said that all of the system’s employees listed on the Ohio Checkbook database made more than that, but that was inaccurate. A spokesman said more than half of the […]

Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds

BY: - November 23, 2022

Local governments in Ohio and Illinois are using American Rescue Plan Act money to relieve residents struggling with medical debt by partnering with an organization that buys debt and wipes the slate clean for debtors.  It’s a strategy advocates say could be duplicated across the country to help erase a multibillion-dollar problem. On Nov. 9, […]

Health harms of mass shootings ripple across communities

BY: - November 22, 2022

This article was originally published in Stateline, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. A grim and familiar pattern has followed the parade of mass shootings across America. In their aftermath, the nation’s attention focuses on the direct victims of the attacks, the dead and injured, their families and friends, and the witnesses. But a […]

In survey, Ohioans report average happiness, satisfaction, low anxiety

BY: - November 21, 2022

Taking a page from the British, a group this summer surveyed residents of all 50 states to see how they felt about their own lives. Ohio scored in the middle of the pack according to three indices and did much better than most, according to a fourth.  The group Gross National Happiness USA commissioned the […]

Ohio Senate GOP to clarify women’s health exemptions on six-week abortion ban

BY: - November 18, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland. Ohio Senate Republicans are working to clarify language on the six-week abortion […]

Experts: Trauma builds, ending for some at death row

BY: - November 18, 2022

Invariably, the crimes over which people land on death row are soaked in trauma, often consisting of the most violent deaths suffered by sympathetic victims. But it’s also often the case that those accused of perpetrating them have traumatic histories of their own. On Thursday, a pair of experts told a group of defense attorneys […]

Jeopardy champion Ohioan, others testify against anti-LGBTQ health care bill

BY: - November 17, 2022

A packed and stuffy Families, Aging and Human Services committee room was flanked by multiple overflow rooms, where applause could be heard after parents, trans advocates and individuals implored the committee not to approve of House Bill 454, a bill created by committee member state Rep. Gary Click, R-Vickery. One of the testimonies came from […]

Ohio bill limiting health care for LGBTQ+ youth would create registry of trans kids, activist says

BY: - November 17, 2022

The following article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.   Ohio Republicans updated a bill that severely limits healthcare for LGBTQ+ youth with […]

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at Georgia ICE facility, U.S. Senate report finds

BY: - November 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel on Tuesday grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were detained at Irwin […]

Ohio Republicans want to make June 24 ‘Life Day’ in honor of decision overturning abortion rights

BY: - November 16, 2022

A group of Ohio Republican state senators want to designate June 24 “Life Day” in Ohio, in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning national abortion rights on that date this year. Ohio Senate Bill 352 is sponsored by state Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, with co-sponsors including state Sens. Niraj Antani, Louis Blessing, […]

White House asks Congress for billions in Ukraine, COVID-19 funding during lame duck

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON —  The Biden administration on Tuesday asked Congress for billions more in funding this year to address COVID-19 and the ongoing war in Ukraine, suggesting lawmakers attach it to a spending bill that must pass before Dec. 16. The $9 billion request for COVID-19 operations and nearly $38 billion in additional relief for Ukraine […]

Amended anti-LGBTQ resolution headed for full Ohio board of education vote

BY: - November 15, 2022

A resolution urging the removal of a federal rule change seen as supporting of trans and other LGBTQ+ individuals is headed back to the Ohio State Board of Education after committee approval on Monday. The resolution went through proposed amendments in the board’s executive committee, one of which, authored by board chair Charlotte McGuire, shifted […]