Health, Science & The Environment

Affordable Care Act
5:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

More Insurance Options In New Open Enrollment Period

Jesse Thomas is the CEO of InHealth, the new CO-OP health insurance provider for Ohio.
Credit Janet Adams / Business First

Open enrollment for health plans from the Affordable Care Act starts Saturday, and Ohioans will have more options this year. The number of companies offering insurance on Ohio’s exchange has jumped from 12 to 16, assuaging concerns that competition would decrease, rather than increase under the new law. The new entries include Dayton-based Premier Health, a health network that is branching out into the insurance market for the first time, and a CO-OP called InHealth Mutual.

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Water
6:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Dayton Releases Revised Water Protection Proposal Draft

An image of the revised source water protection policy map for the city of Dayton's wellfields.
Credit City of Dayton

The city of Dayton has released new proposed changes to its drinking water protections following a series of public meetings and meetings with stakeholders over the last six months. Water Department Director Tammi Clements presented an outline of the latest proposals to the Dayton City Commission Wednesday morning.

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Health, Science & The Environment
5:52 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

WPAFB Crew No Longer Monitored For Ebola

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user soundfromwayout

Officials say a group of airmen in southwest Ohio who dropped supplies in West Africa to help with the Ebola outbreak no longer have to report their medical condition with authorities. 

The Dayton Daily News reports the six reservists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton had to check their temperatures twice a day and report their health conditions to medical authorities twice a week for 21 days after returning from West Africa.  A base spokeswoman says none of the reservists showed any symptoms of the virus.

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Affordable Care Act
8:43 am
Tue November 11, 2014

With More Options, Healthcare.gov Now Open For “Window Shopping”

A screen shot from healthcare.gov, the website for the Affordable Care Act health plans.
Credit WCPN

The Obama administration said Sunday that consumers could begin "window shopping" for health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov, even before the open enrollment period formally begins on Saturday, Nov. 15. You can now click a button and check out your options before enrollment officially begins.

The healthcare.gov site now offers Aetna and United Healthcare, two national insurers who shied away from Ohio last year. That means the competition has picked up.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: November 11 - 17, 2014

Credit Martin LaBar / Flickr Creative Commons

While the moon darkens, turning from gibbous to crescent throughout the week, entering its fourth quarter on November 14th, it shadows Jupiter the morning star and takes down the last of the ginkgoes and the white mulberries and the silver maples. It colors the beeches and oaks and zelcovas and decorative pears with rust and gold, hurries the frogs and toads to reach their winter havens, silences the latest crickets of the year.

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