Health Care

Ohio coalition moves forward with plans for abortion ballot measure

BY: - January 13, 2023

A coalition of reproductive rights groups, along with the ACLU of Ohio say they plan to have a pro-abortion ballot initiative on the Ohio Attorney General’s desk by February. Ohioans for Reproductive Freedom announced the plan to do this with the help of a recently hired “general consultant” with experience boosting ballot initiatives on the […]

ACLU of Ohio seeks to step in on trans restroom federal lawsuit

BY: - January 11, 2023

The American Civil Liberties Union entered their legal opinion on a lawsuit challenging an Ohio school district that allows transgender students to use restrooms based on their gender identity. The federal lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl who is a freshman at Bethel High School. The transgender girl uses the girls communal restroom there, but some […]

Huge mental health investment coming to Ohio

BY: - January 10, 2023

After making mental health a priority since taking office in early 2019, Gov. Mike DeWine has signed $175 million in mental health expenditures into law.  The expenditures are divided into two tranches, according to documents provided by the Office of Budget and Management.  “This additional $175 million investment in mental health infrastructure expansion and workforce […]

New FDA policy broadening abortion pill availability won’t change much in Ohio

BY: - January 9, 2023

Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration changed requirements for pills used to induce an abortion, state law would keep Ohioans from benefitting from the change. Last week, the FDA announced that it would not enforce a rule that pregnant people need to pick up mifepristone in person and allows retail pharmacies to dispense the […]

Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers

BY: - January 9, 2023

The $1.7 trillion federal spending bill President Joe Biden signed ushers in expanded protections for workers who are pregnant or nursing. Proponents of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act — both included as amendments to the spending bill — say the measures clarify rights for these workers, who weren’t […]

Want a clue on health care costs in advance? New tools take a crack at it

BY: - January 9, 2023

This article was originally published in Kaiser Health News. Need medical treatment this year and want to nail down your out-of-pocket costs before you walk into the doctor’s office? There’s a new tool for that, at least for insured patients. As of Jan. 1, health insurers and employers that offer health plans must provide online […]

Ohio Gov. DeWine vetoes tobacco measure that would prohibit local bans

BY: - January 6, 2023

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed legislation Thursday that would’ve preempted local bans on flavored tobacco. He’s been telegraphing the move for weeks and spoke about the decision flanked by health officials at the Statehouse. “This measure is not — is not in the public interest,” DeWine said of HB 513. “And therefore, just a few […]

ER doctors call private equity staffing practices illegal and seek to ban them

BY: - January 3, 2023

This article is published in partnership between Kaiser Health News and States Newsroom. A group of emergency physicians and consumer advocates in multiple states are pushing for stiffer enforcement of decades-old statutes that prohibit the ownership of medical practices by corporations not owned by licensed doctors. Thirty-three states plus the District of Columbia have rules […]

Economists: Mental health, social spending will pay for itself

BY: - December 29, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed package of expanded mental health services has drawn the near-unanimous approval of a panel of Ohio economists, according to a survey released this week. But one questioned how likely it is to actually happen. DeWine in November renewed an earlier proposal to use $85 million in unexpended federal coronavirus aid […]

Hundreds of U.S. hospitals sue patients or threaten their credit, a KHN investigation finds

BY: - December 29, 2022

This story originally appeared in Kaiser Health News. Despite growing evidence of the harm caused by medical debt, hundreds of U.S. hospitals maintain policies to aggressively pursue patients for unpaid bills, using tactics such as lawsuits, selling patient accounts to debt buyers, and reporting patients to credit rating agencies, a KHN investigation shows. The collection […]

Ohio health care leaders want child health investment by year’s end

BY: - December 21, 2022

A coalition of health care advocates want to see congressional investment in child health care by the end of the year, including permanent funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The coalition, Protect Our Care Ohio, held a press event to push for improvements to maternal health, child outcomes and the issues like discrimination that […]

Health care giant pays Iowa $44M to settle fraud claims with Iowa

BY: - December 20, 2022

The nation’s largest Medicaid managed-care company last week agreed to pay Iowa $44.4 million to settle claims that it defrauded the state’s Medicaid system. That makes it the latest state to settle claims that were originally raised in Ohio in 2021. St. Louis-based Centene agreed to pay the money over claims that its subsidiary, Iowa […]