Health Care

Affordable health care, toxic drinking water, JobsOhio, and local banks

BY: - March 3, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Affordable health care. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear another Republican case attempting to […]

Committee moves anti-abortion telemedicine bill forward amid opponents’ pleas for rejection

BY: - February 28, 2020

Despite nurses, pastors, and pro-choice advocates urging rejection before the Wednesday vote, a Senate committee approved a bill to bar the use of telemedicine for abortion-related care. The Senate Health, Human Services, and Medicaid Committee moved Senate Bill 260 forward to the full Senate after a third hearing in which a roomful of Ohioans testified. […]

Black history, childhood trauma, coronavirus, and scamming seniors

BY: - February 27, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: History Thursday. As we come to the end of Black History Month, the Ohio […]

State data: Black babies more than 2.5 times likely to die before first birthday than whites

BY: - February 27, 2020

In 2018, 938 Ohio babies died before their first birthday. Forty percent of them didn’t make it a day. Black babies died at a rate between 2.5 to three times more frequently than white babies. These are just some of the findings from the Ohio Department of Health’s 2018 Infant Mortality Annual Report. There are […]

U.S. Senate rejects two anti-abortion bills

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t allow many bills to get floor votes these days, but he made an exception Tuesday for two bills intended to curb abortion access. Two GOP-led anti-abortion bills failed on procedural votes Tuesday as expected. The politically charged bills have both failed during previous Senate floor votes and […]

Planned Parenthood: Telemedicine bill takes healthcare away from underserved Ohioans

BY: - February 25, 2020

Leaders of Ohio’s Planned Parenthoods say a bill to limit abortion-related telemedicine is not only unconstitutional, but cuts off access to safe health care for Ohioans who need it most. Senate Bill 260 is set for a hearing and possible vote on Wednesday, to prevent the use of telemedicine as a way to prescribe and […]

Ohio Democrats look to wrangle down insulin costs

BY: - February 25, 2020

Democrats in the state House and Senate are pushing legislation that would force insurers to cap patients’ cost-sharing on insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply. The House Health Committee held its first review on the lower chamber’s bill last week, one of several pieces of legislation to address skyrocketing insulin costs in the U.S. […]

Abortion opponents: Telemedicine too risky for women

BY: - February 20, 2020

Abortion opponents were in agreement on Wednesday that the woman’s safety should be the focus of care in Ohio abortion cases. Advocates spoke in support of a bill that would ban telemedicine as a way to receive abortion-related medicine, in particular the chemical abortion drugs mifepristone and misopristol. Dr. Lindsay Rerko told the Health, Human […]

House reps target ‘discriminatory’ health insurance practice

BY: - February 19, 2020

Two lawmakers pitched a bill Tuesday they say would block insurers from a practice that shifts health care costs onto patients with chronic diseases who require expensive drugs. Speaking to the House Health Committee, Reps. Susan Manchester, R-Waynesfield, and Thomas West, D-Canton, proposed prohibiting insurers from using “copay accumulator” policies. These policies prohibit patients from […]

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Potential Ohio bills target transgender medicine, pornography, and conversion therapy

BY: - February 17, 2020

Several bills regarding sex and gender issues are being considered in the Ohio legislature, including a bill to prohibit transition-related medicine for transgender youth, a bill to make pornography a public health hazard, and one that aims to cease conversion therapy. Transgender-related medicine A bill still being drafted by state Rep. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and […]

History Thursday, changing the poverty line, voucher negotiations, and opioid settlements

BY: - February 13, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: History Thursday. If you talk to cops around Ohio, you probably already know: […]

A new battle between insurers and big pharma is costing sick people thousands

BY: - February 13, 2020

Abbey Haudenshild knew something was wrong when she learned she owed her pharmacy nearly $8,000. On the upside, it’s cheaper than the combined $32,000 list price — monthly — on the medication for her sons, Weston, 1, and Parker, 4. The boys have hemophilia, a condition that hinders their blood’s ability to clot. The potential […]