Coronavirus pandemic

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, […]

Ohioans go hungry as state sits on a huge stack of money

BY: - May 24, 2022

Some food banks are slashing the amounts of food they give people. At the same time, Ohio and many other states are sitting on enormous piles of cash, and a spokesman for Gov. Mike DeWine was vague last week when asked how the governor would like to use that money.

As pandemic ebbs, fears grow that Ohioans will be improperly forced off of Medicaid

BY: - April 25, 2022

As pandemic ebbs, fears grow that Ohioans will be improperly forced off of Medicaid. State to decertify recipients much faster than federal guidelines require.

Expert: Hard to know if COVID variant will surge in U.S. or how badly

BY: - March 25, 2022

The last thing people want to hear right now is that the coronavirus might have mutated yet again into yet another deadly variant, extending the pain, death and inconvenience of a pandemic that we long hoped would be over. However, whether the subvariant of omicron known as BA.2 will hit the United States as hard […]

Insurance focused on virtual visits? The pros and cons of a new twist in health plans

BY: - October 19, 2021

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people often relied on telemedicine for doctor visits. Now, insurers are betting that some patients liked it enough to embrace new types of health coverage that encourages video visits — or outright insists on them. Priority Health in Michigan, for example, offers […]

COVID-19 surge begins to ease in Ohio

BY: - October 8, 2021

A two-month surge in COVID-19 infections in Ohio appears to be easing, state data shows. On Oct. 1, the average rate of new infections by day fell to about 5,000, down from a recent high of about 7,400 per day in mid-September. While less pronounced, the number of patients in the hospital on a given […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals. The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine requirement on private businesses

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine rule for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the business vaccine and testing rules President Joe Biden announced last week violate […]

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 […]

Billions of dollars in federal rental aid remains stalled in slow-moving states, localities

BY: - September 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Make it simpler to apply for rental assistance money. Allow landlords to apply on behalf of unresponsive tenants. And consolidate two overlapping federal programs aimed at getting financial help to struggling renters. Those were among the proposals that U.S. House members weighed during a hearing Friday on how to better help states and localities […]

COMMENTARY

20 years after 9/11 emergency hospital and emergency preparedness remains key

BY: - September 11, 2021

By Mike Abrams, President & CEO, Ohio Hospital Association The devastating fallout of Hurricane Ida coupled with the escalation of cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 and devastating wildfires in the West demonstrate the vital importance of emergency preparedness planning. The actions taken nationally and locally after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ushered in a […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]