Health Care

History Thursday: When the Supreme Court said yes to vaccine mandates

BY: - September 16, 2021

The vaccine mandate debate may be rejuvenated, but it’s hardly new. The U.S. Supreme Court answered the can-they-do-that question more than 115 years ago. In an era when infectious diseases killed more Americans than any other cause of death, smallpox was ripping through Cambridge, Massachusetts. State lawmakers passed a statute allowing local boards of health, […]

As child COVID toll mounts, governor says legislature has tied his hands

BY: - September 15, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday blamed Republican lawmakers for his inability to take stronger action against a surge in coronavirus cases — particularly among children. But he wouldn’t say they shared blame for a crisis that is putting children and adults on ventilators and straining hospital capacity across the state. And despite saying he’d like […]

Fewer than 1 in 2 vaccinated against COVID-19 in most Ohio counties

BY: - September 14, 2021

In 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties, fewer than 1 in 2 residents have received at least one dose of vaccination against COVID-19, which has killed more than 661,000 Americans since the pandemic began. The low vaccination coverage, found via an analysis of state data from Sunday, indicates vast swaths of the state remain vulnerable to […]

Biden administration announces “comprehensive” plan to fix high drug prices

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its plan to address high drug prices as part of President Joe Biden’s push to take on anticompetitive practices across the economy. But while it addressed in detail abusive practices by drugmakers, it was a lot more superficial about the practices of much-larger corporations […]

Ohio leaders push to make it harder for poor to get health coverage

BY: - September 10, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has cast a skeptical eye on regulations for a group the state refers to as “job creators.” But he and Attorney General Dave Yost are pushing for regulations that will make it more difficult for the poor — including those with jobs — to get health care. DeWine on Thursday announced […]

NAACP, Democrats file lawsuit over new “stand your ground” law

BY: - September 10, 2021

Two Democratic lawmakers and the NAACP filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn a recently passed “stand your ground” law, which removes Ohioans’ legal duty to try to retreat before responding to a perceived attack with deadly force. The legislation passed in the dying hours of the previous General Assembly often known as the “lame […]

COVID-19 vaccines or weekly tests to be mandated for millions of U.S. workers

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — More than 80 million employees of private businesses in the U.S. will be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing as part of the Biden administration’s latest strategy for combating the still-surging coronavirus pandemic. The upcoming vaccine rule for companies with at least 100 employees is one plank of an increasingly […]

Ohio kids’ COVID-19 cases overtake other age groups

BY: - September 9, 2021

Ohioans 19 and younger are now driving the state’s COVID-19 pandemic, comprising a larger share of cases than any other age group. Roughly one in three people who have contracted COVID-19 this month are 18 or younger, according to an analysis of state data. Those aged 20-29 are the next most prevalent cohort, comprising 16% […]

Columbus Public Health Department is requiring COVID-19 vaccines for employees

BY: - September 8, 2021

The city of Columbus’ public health department will require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its employees, the agency announced in a release Tuesday. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Columbus Public Health will join all four central Ohio hospital systems and many other local and national employers in […]

In court, drug middlemen fight to limit pharmacies insured patients can use

BY: - September 7, 2021

In the first test of a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, drug middlemen last week argued that federal law gives them a crucial right to limit what pharmacies patients with health insurance can use — or at least make it more expensive if patients get their medicine at a shop that isn’t preferred by the […]

Judge reverses order forcing hospital to give ivermectin to COVID-19 patient

BY: - September 6, 2021

HAMILTON — A Butler County judge sided with a local hospital and reversed a previous court order forcing it to honor a prescription of ivermectin, which infectious disease experts have warned against as a COVID-19 treatment, for a patient who has spent weeks in the ICU with the disease. After two days of testimony and […]

Already concerned with drug costs, large employers, family pharmacists worry about more middlemen

BY: - September 2, 2021

There already were deep concerns among small pharmacists about drug middlemen known as "pharmacy benefit managers."  Now the corporations that own them appear to be creating yet another layer of middlemen. That has even the largest employers in the country worried.