Health Care

DeWine signs abortion restriction likely to close SW Ohio clinics

BY: - December 23, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a new abortion law on Wednesday that looks likely to close Southwest Ohio abortion clinics. DeWine signed Senate Bill 157 without further comment, along with several other bills that passed through the legislature in their last work week before the holidays. The bill was condemned by abortion providers, who said not […]

2021 filled with new abortion restrictions in Ohio

BY: - December 22, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is spending the last weeks of the year considering the last of many abortion bills presented this year in the state. Though he hasn’t yet affixed his signature to Senate Bill 157 — a bill that would not only create new felony charges for doctors but also threaten their licenses, and […]

Senate votes to allow concealed carry of guns without training or background checks

BY: - December 16, 2021

The Ohio Senate passed legislation Wednesday that will allow any Ohioans 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon, so long as they’re allowed to possess it under state and federal law. Currently, Ohioans must pass a background check and demonstrate proof of eight hours of training to obtain a concealed carry license. Senate Bill […]

Newest abortion bill heads to governor’s desk

BY: - December 16, 2021

The newest abortion regulation in the state is now headed to the Ohio governor’s desk after the Senate agreed to technical House amendments. Senate Bill 157, the so-called “born alive” abortion bill, passed the Senate 24-7 on Wednesday. The bill expands the crime of “abortion manslaughter” to include inaction by doctors if a child is […]

Biden pick to lead FDA fields questions over pharma ties, abortion pill, COVID tests

BY: - December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Food and Drug Administration drew praise from a top Senate Republican, as well as critical questions from conservatives and others during a Tuesday confirmation hearing. Dr. Robert Califf fielded queies on his ties to the pharmaceutical industry, the pandemic-loosened rules around abortion drugs, and frustrations involving COVID-19 […]

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Senate committee votes to scrap training, background checks for concealed carry permits

BY: - December 15, 2021

The hearing began with a moment of silence to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, in which a young man shot and killed 20 children and six adults. It ended with Republicans on the Veterans and Public Safety Committee voting to send to the Senate floor legislation to remove training […]

CEO of health company accused of bilking Ohio taxpayers stepping down

BY: - December 15, 2021

Six months after setting aside $1.25 billion to settle fraud claims with Ohio and 21 other states, the CEO of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed-care company has announced his retirement. Despite the scandal, Ohio continues to contract with the company. And although Centene denies it’s the case, the problems might have played into the CEO’s […]

Health companies accused of abuses even as they get giant government contracts

BY: - December 14, 2021

Even though two huge health care companies were accused of abusing Ohio taxpayers in the past, the Ohio Department of Medicaid this year awarded them historic contracts, anyway. Even as that’s happening, another form of abuse might be taking place, critics say. At issue is whether pharmacy middlemen owned by the companies are pocketing huge […]

CDC: 25 states report omicron strain of COVID-19, but delta remains biggest threat

BY: - December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases. On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed two cases in the state of the variant, bringing the number to at least 26 states. Of those initial, confirmed […]

Child care an ‘economic issue,’ advocates say

BY: - December 10, 2021

Child care has been brought up more and more with the pandemic causing shortages in services and employment losses preventing families from being able to afford it. Child care and early childhood education in the state and country is more and more vital, according to a new study by Groundwork Ohio. The public policy research […]

U.S. Senate rejects Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private employers

BY: - December 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday night to block President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private employers, with every Republican and two Democrats casting votes aimed at preventing that pending requirement. Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia joined with the GOP in backing the resolution, […]

Abortion bill passage could bring clinic closures

BY: - December 9, 2021

The newest abortion bill to pass the Ohio House could spell the closure of Southwest Ohio clinics and the criminalization of doctors. Despite multiple Democrat attempts to amend the bill and remove the language that would affect doctors’ ability to transfer patients from abortion facilities, Senate Bill 157 passed Wednesday afternoon along party lines, 59-33. […]