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Elizabeth Melville poses for a portrait outside of her home

Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185

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SUNAPEE, New Hampshire (NPR) — Elizabeth Melville and her husband are gradually hiking all 48 mountain peaks that top 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. “I want to do everything I can to stay healthy so that I can be skiing and hiking into my 80s — hopefully even 90s!” said Melville, a 59-year-old part-time ski… Read More

Hundreds of nurses concerned over staffing levels and workplace violence during the COVID-19 pandemic rallied at the Statehouse for more legal protections.

Democratic Ohio lawmaker planning for bill to protect nurses from being attacked at work

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic brought an escalation of attacks against medical professionals, including nurses, at work. The American Nurses Association reports a quarter of nurses say they’ve been attacked while at work, but it’s estimated half of those workplace violence issues go unreported or unnoticed because of inadequate tracking. At… Read More

Molnupiravir, an antiviral drug to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 pills scattered about

Drug plan prices touted during Medicare open enrollment can rise within a month

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Something strange happened between the time Linda Griffith signed up for a new Medicare prescription drug plan during last fall’s enrollment period and when she tried to fill her first prescription in January. She picked a Humana drug plan for its low prices, with help from her longtime insurance agent and… Read More

The Ohio Department of Medicaid building

Advocates worry new law could lead to vulnerable Ohioans being kicked off Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency that the federal government declared in January 2020 is set to expire on Saturday. That’s likely to be extended till July. But when it does expire, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans will lose that coverage. The federal government banned states from kicking people off Medicaid… Read More

President Biden campaigns in Columbus, Ohio

What would Ohio get out of the Build Back Better Act?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passing a few days ago, backers of President Biden’s Build Back Better ACT have hit the ground to promote the $1.75 trillion element of the Democrats’ economic agenda. And they say it has a lot that can help Ohioans. While the infrastructure bill… Read More

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Minority International Student Panel on Healthcare in Athens


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The Racial Equity Coalition’s Health and Wellness Committee is hosting a free online event, “Minority International Student Panel on Healthcare in Athens” on Friday, April 2 from 12-1:30 pm. Come to this free event to learn about the experiences of minority international students and how they have navigated the health care system in Athens, Ohio…. Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

Legislature Passes Legislation To Prevent Costly Surprise Medical Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Late Tuesday night, the Ohio Senate passed a plan that would stop Ohioans from receiving surprise medical bills from out of network providers. The plan, which had passed the House earlier, is now on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine. The president of the Ohio Association of Health Plans,… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown Says Affordable Health Care Act Is In Jeopardy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is blasting most of his colleagues in the Senate and President Trump for proceeding ahead with appointment of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice who could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Brown says when Republicans in congress tried to gut the Affordable Care… Read More

Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director

Ohio Considering Statewide Protocols for Nurses, Doctors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says the state could be looking at issuing protocols for all hospital staff in order to help preserve personal protection equipment or PPE. Ohio is trying to build up its supply of PPE, including masks that can now be cleaned for… Read More

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Survey: Americans Agree Health Care System Needs Fixing

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Americans are divided on lots of issues. But a new national survey finds that people across the political spectrum agree on at least one thing: Our health care system needs fixing. The “Hidden Common Ground” survey from Public Agenda, USA Today and Ipsos found that 92 percent of Americans say changes are needed. And a majority of… Read More

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Ohio Medicaid Seeks Ideas for Improving Patient Experiences

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s Medicaid department is asking for input from companies and organizations familiar with the program on how to improve the experience of patients. A formal request for information released Tuesday outlines the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s vision for reimagining the program. The request is specifically directed at providers, associations, advocacy groups,… Read More

Andy Beshear

Beshear Puts Health Care at Forefront in New Ad

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Andy Beshear is trying to nudge health care to the forefront of Kentucky’s race for governor with a new TV ad. In the ad, Beshear said he’s fought to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions as attorney general and promises to do the same if elected governor. He personalizes the issue… Read More

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Feds Announce $17M Settlement with Health Care Firm in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say they’ve reached a $17 million settlement with a health care company accused of Medicaid fraud in West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the civil settlement with Acadia on Monday, saying it’s the largest health care fraud settlement in state history. Stuart says Acadia, though its subsidiary CRC… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Montana Joins Ohio Attorney General in Support of Health Law

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) – Montana’s attorney general has joined his Ohio counterpart in opposing a Texas judge’s ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The court filing Monday by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, both Republicans, goes against the Trump administration’s position that the Obama-era health care law… Read More

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Cancer: Fear and Reality


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Join local health experts for a complimentary  meal and wellness programming where we discuss the realities of cancer with Dr. Howell, MD, of OhioHealth O’Bleness Radiation Oncology. Dr. Howell will explore the definitions of dancer, an individual’s risks for developing cancer, and the treatment options for the most common cancers.

Southeast Ohioans Still Fearful of Obamacare Replacement Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio – Local healthcare advocates and area residents said they continue to be concerned that the Affordable Care Act/Medicaid will be replaced by President Trump’s American Health Care Act, even after the president’s bill was pulled Friday before a vote could be taken. The cause of concern is that the American Health Care Act… Read More