Affordable Care Act

Ohioans worry about impact of Supreme Court nomination on Affordable Care Act

BY: - September 29, 2020

When Jessica Hair’s water broke, she wasn’t worried about becoming bankrupt. The North Royalton resident was just worried about her baby boy, born a month early, and getting him the care he needed. Declan was born “gray and lifeless,” and was swept away by a neonatal intensive care unit with the thought that the baby […]

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Three ways a 6-3 Supreme Court would be different

BY: - September 23, 2020

If the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is replaced this year, the Supreme Court will become something the country has not seen since the justices became a dominant force in American cultural life after World War II: a decidedly conservative court. A court with a 6-3 conservative majority would be a dramatic shift from the […]

In a pandemic, efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act might be getting dicier

BY: - July 7, 2020

The Trump administration last month joined 18 states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, arguing, “the entire ACA must fall.” The move comes as more than a million Ohioans are estimated to have lost health coverage because of coronavirus-related job losses. It also comes as the disease is expected […]

Trump war on Obamacare front and center during COVID-19 pandemic

BY: - May 26, 2020

The coronavirus is a double whammy. Many are losing health coverage at the same time they’re threatened with a disease that often leads to hospital stays that can be ruinously expensive. So, amid spiraling job losses, millions are expected to buy individual health plans on exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. […]

DeWine noncommittal on extra Medicaid money from feds

BY: - May 12, 2020

State leaders have already slashed half a billion dollars from the state budget, so billions in additional federal funding for Medicaid might sound good right now to those tasked with balancing Ohio’s books.  But Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wouldn’t answer directly Monday when asked whether he supported a request by the National Governors Association that […]

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Medicaid nearing ‘eye of the storm’ as newly unemployed look for coverage

BY: , and - April 6, 2020

As the coronavirus roils the economy and throws millions of Americans out of work, Medicaid is emerging as a default insurance plan for many of the newly unemployed. That could produce unprecedented strains on the vital health insurance program, according to state officials and policy researchers. Americans are being urged to stay home and practice […]

‘They’re just going uninsured:’ How the youngest Ohioans are losing health coverage

BY: - March 9, 2020

The rate of young children in Ohio without health insurance is surging. Health care professionals attribute the rise in children under six years old without coverage to a hot economy shrinking Medicaid rolls to technical errors in an already complex Medicaid system.  Whatever the case, the trend reverses years of steady decline in the rate […]

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What the Trump budget says about the administration’s health priorities

BY: - February 24, 2020

The Trump administration recently released its budget blueprint for the 2021 fiscal year, the first steps in the complex budgetary process. The final budget will reflect the input of Congress, including the Democratic House of Representatives, and will look significantly different. However, budget drafts by presidential administrations are not meaningless pages of paper. They are […]

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End HIV stigma and discrimination, and then we can end HIV

BY: - February 18, 2020

It’s a weird word to use, but in many ways I’m lucky — lucky because I only had to watch one friend die as his HIV progressed to AIDS. It was the early 2000s, and I was still a teenager. I wasn’t out yet. I was so angry when Billy died because I didn’t understand. […]

Medicaid losing 272 pharmacies; millions at stake for schools; the fate of the Affordable Care Act

BY: - January 22, 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: Pharm out, man. The Columbus Dispatch’s Marty Schladen is reporting, “‘Business negotiations’ result in Ohio’s Medicaid […]

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Where do the Democratic candidates stand on health care coverage?

BY: - January 15, 2020

As Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered in Iowa for the seventh debate Tuesday, health care remains the most important topic of debate for many Americans. The candidates talk about their proposals for health care reform using terms like universal coverage, public option, “Medicare for All,” and single-payer. What do these terms mean, and where do Democratic […]

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Medical catastrophe should never mean financial ruin as well

BY: - December 31, 2019

In nearly 15 years writing news, one of the most gut-wrenching, powerful stories I’ve ever covered happened three years ago this January when I interviewed Athens resident Alex Andrews less than a week after he had been shot through his kitchen window around 2 in the morning. He remembered it all, in vivid detail. He […]