Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

COMMENTARY

Son of murder victim urges legislature to end death penalty quickly

BY: - April 8, 2021

By Jonathan Mann Thomas Knuff, the man who murdered my father, was sentenced to death in 2019. Knuff brutally murdered my father and I live with the pain and grief of that violent loss every single day. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley sought the death penalty for Thomas Knuff and got the conviction. But when […]

Ohio AG: Clear death penalty roadblocks or get rid of it

BY: - April 6, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week used an annual report to draw attention to the fact that 140 people are languishing on death row because Ohio’s death penalty machinery “has grown increasingly time consuming, costly and lethargic.”  Yost, a former prosecutor, might be expected to call for ways to speed up executions. But in […]

Yost sues Biden admin. for ‘unconstitutional’ part of relief package

BY: and - March 18, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is taking legal action in opposition to a provision in the federal COVID-19 package restricting local governments in how they can spend the upcoming relief funding. The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden last week, allocates $350 billion to states, localities, tribes and territories throughout […]

Ohio suit against health care giant is sealed. Here’s why

BY: - March 16, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week filed suit against the largest Medicaid managed-care provider in the United States.  The suit appears to accuse St. Louis-based Centene of improper billing, misrepresentation of its costs and other offenses. But it’s impossible to know for sure because the case was filed under seal. For the most part, […]

Ohio sues health giant over drug discrepancies

BY: - March 12, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has sued the largest Medicaid provider in the U.S. He’s claiming that, in addition to other transgressions, health care giant Centene billed the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s pharmacy program for money that had already been paid. The St. Louis-based company owns the Buckeye Health Plan, one of the five managed-care […]

Critics take aim at HB 6 coal subsidies

BY: - February 24, 2021

A 2019 energy bill at the heart of a historic Ohio scandal has plenty of critics and it contains plenty of provisions of which they’re critical.  There’s more than $1 billion to prop up two nuclear reactors that supposedly can’t compete on their own. And there’s $102 million in annual revenue guarantees for FirstEnergy, a […]

Scandal-ridden FirstEnergy agrees to give up new upcharge

BY: - February 2, 2021

Many FirstEnergy customers weren’t recession-proofed when the coronavirus pandemic hit, but Akron-based FirstEnergy made sure that it was. Now, after firing its top management in the wake of a corruption-riddled 2019 law championed by the Akron-based company, FirstEnergy has agreed to stop collecting an upcharge that was part of it, Attorney General Dave Yost said […]

For years, Portman navigated the shifting political climate. Now he wants out.

BY: - January 26, 2021

Rob Portman of Ohio will not be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate, with the Cincinnati Republican citing increased polarization in American politics as a reason to not campaign for a third term The surprise announcement on Monday morning set off an early-week scramble for politicians of both parties to consider a run at the […]

Professional groups announce drug-accountability effort

BY: - December 21, 2020

A dozen Ohio professional groups on Monday announced an effort force greater accountability from powerful prescription drug middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs. The PBM Accountability Project of Ohio is intended to educate policymakers and the public about problems involving PBMs and work on policies to address them. “Lawmakers and administration officials in […]

Ohio Attorney General warns of COVID-19 vaccine scams

BY: - December 15, 2020

As COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up in the state of Ohio, so too are scams related to the virus. Attorney General Dave Yost is warning Ohioans about new scams that involve the pandemic response. Scammers may impersonate vaccine distributors, or might pretend to be a local health department official in order to solicit a Social Security […]

Ohio Electoral College casts ballots for Trump as Biden secures presidential win

BY: - December 15, 2020

Ohio officially cast its 18 electoral votes to President Trump yesterday with the 55th Electoral College meeting at the Ohio Statehouse. The Columbus proceedings were largely perfunctory and were part of a nationwide casting of electoral ballots on Monday, with presidential-elect Joe Biden receiving the most ballots as was expected. Ohio’s meeting was also drama-free […]

State suit against drug middlemen delayed

BY: - December 4, 2020

Ohio’s first lawsuit against middlemen accused of overcharging state agencies for prescription drugs has again been delayed.  Originally slated for trial last March, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation case against OptumRx now is scheduled to be heard on Nov. 1, 2021. In it, the state says Optum overcharged the agency between 2015 and 2019 by […]