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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

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Ohio Bill Would Require Insurance Companies to Follow Federal Law

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Federal law mandates insurers treat mental health services like they would physical health care. But the sponsors of a new bill in the Ohio Legislature say that’s not happening. Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) says insurance companies are finding ways to get around the federal law that mandates they cover mental and behavioral health and… Read More

A panel of supporters talk about legislation that would stop insurance companies from requiring step therapy provisions for Stage IV cancer treatment.

Change to Insurance Process Could Connect Cancer Patients to Treatment Faster

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Ohio lawmakers are proposing a bill that would eliminate an insurance provision known as “step therapy” for people diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Step therapy is when an insurance company requires a patient to try a certain type of treatment before going with what a doctor has prescribed. The first treatment recommended by the insurance… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Says Addressing Increase in Uninsured Children is a Priority

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There are about 133,000 children in Ohio that do not have health care insurance, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The study analyzed census data from 2016 to 2018 and found Ohio had the fifth largest rate of increase of uninsured children. Researchers found this was a national trend with… Read More

Andy Beshear

Beshear Defends Medicaid Expansion in Ky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Andy Beshear has offered a vigorous defense of Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion as he promotes an issue that’s become a flash point in his campaign against Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. Beshear toured an addiction treatment center in Louisville on Monday. Afterward, he praised the Medicaid expansion that added more than 400,000… Read More

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Medicare Changes Allowed During Ohio Open Enrollment Period

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s next open enrollment period for Medicare is underway. It began Tuesday. Ohioans have until Dec. 7 to sign up or make changes to their coverage under the government health insurance plan. The state’s Department of Aging and Department of Insurance urge all Ohioans with Medicare to review their coverage options… Read More