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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Consequences of the unemployment driven by the novel coronavirus pandemic will reverberate through the U.S. economy for months, if not years. One result: as millions of Americans lose their jobs, they are also losing their health care coverage — and for many, there aren’t affordable insurance alternatives available. NewsHour’s Paul Solman reports… Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The average deductible for employer-sponsored health insurance has quadrupled in the last 12 years. A Los Angeles Times investigation finds even insured workers are going without needed medical care.
A letter from the Department of Justice announced the shift, in support of a district court judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The case will likely end up in the Supreme Court.