Health Care

Feds to probe drug rebates

BY: - June 20, 2022

The Federal Trade Commission last week announced what some observers believe could be a game-changer when it comes to the rising cost of prescription drugs. The agency — which is meant to protect fair competition — said it would look into the murky practice by which drugmakers grant rebates and other fees to insurer-owned pharmacy […]

DeWine signs legislation buttressing knife carrying expansion

BY: - June 17, 2022

After previously approving legislation that allows Ohioans to carry an array of different knives on their persons, Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Tuesday that preemptively blocks cities from intervening. Senate Bill 156, which passed on party lines with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition, prohibits cities from passing laws blocking citizens from carrying knives. […]

U.S. Senate passes landmark legislation to aid veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. soldiers deployed to bases in Afghanistan and Iraq often lived and worked alongside large pits where batteries, plastics, rubber, chemicals and other garbage would be lit on fire with jet fuel. The legacy of those burn pits followed thousands of military members back to the United States, where they have suffered from […]

Going hungry: Pandemic, inflation, supply issues prompt cry for help

BY: - June 16, 2022

As state leaders spend money on other things, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks this week issued an extraordinary plea for assistance, saying many rural foodbanks are rationing food and those in other parts of the state soon will be. From the coronavirus pandemic to supply chain disruptions and inflation, to Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine, […]

Deaths among working-age Ohioans jump over last 15 years, report says

BY: - June 16, 2022

Working-age Ohioans — between 15 and 64 years old — are dying at a 51% higher rate than they were 15 years ago, according to analysis released this month. In a bleak sign, most leading causes of death are increasing, rather than decreasing among the age group. For instance, unintentional injuries like fatal overdoses and […]

Abortion doulas will continue care, with or without Roe

BY: - June 15, 2022

Even as a decision on Roe v. Wade approaches, those that help abortion patients through the process say it will not spell the end of abortion care, just a change in the way it’s done. “I don’t want Ohio to become one giant health care desert in terms of abortion access, but that looks like […]

Big Ohio care provider accused of putting profit over patients — in the UK

BY: - June 15, 2022

Health care giant Centene — which was accused of fraud in Ohio — is now in hot water in the United Kingdom. The BBC program “Panorama” this week published a documentary film and a news story saying that a Centene subsidiary there appeared to be skimping on costs and compromising care.  For its part, Centene’s […]

Even according to its metrics, JobsOhio gets a middling grade

BY: - June 14, 2022

JobsOhio insists on grading itself according to its chosen criteria. But when it eventually shared parts of its own analysis, even that put Ohio in the middle of the pack relative to the six states JobsOhio compares itself to. The economic-development agency has spent more than $1 billion since 2015, but last month it said […]

Money begins to come in for local governments to address lead poisoning

BY: - June 14, 2022

For decades, city leaders in Cleveland have tried to take action to deal with the complex problem of childhood lead poisoning — mostly from lead paint in the housing stock and not as much from water pipes — and have viewed any potential solutions as complex and expensive. Back in 2019, Cleveland Councilman Blaine Griffin […]

DeWine signs bill allowing for armed teachers: ‘This is a local choice’

BY: and - June 13, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Monday that could allow teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.  House Bill 99 grants local boards of education authority to decide whether to allow their teachers and school workers to carry firearms. Whether the bill establishes a quantitative legal minimum has been disputed. However, it says local school boards […]

She’s Ohio’s only trans female playing varsity sports; lawmakers want her out

BY: - June 13, 2022

Ember had only just made varsity when she learned about the state legislation that would block her from playing softball. To say she made varsity is something of a stretch. Her northeast Ohio high school team is short on players. It has no junior varsity counterpart. There aren’t even enough athletes to keep up a […]

Ohio bill increasing access to breast cancer screenings for all ages to become law

BY: - June 13, 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 is set to make breast cancer care much more accessible […]