Auto club AAA estimates more than 3.5 million Ohioans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the year-end holiday period running from Saturday through New Year's Day.
That number is up slightly from last year. AAA says travel during this holiday season has increased with economic improvements in recent years. Average gas prices now are expected to remain lower during the holidays than they were a year ago.
The state says it’s created a new system to connect Ohioans to Medicaid benefits, faster. This is just another step in the state’s project to better coordinate public assistance programs.
The new system received more than 1,100 applications in its first day of operation. This was also the first time people under the expanded Medicaid program could sign-up online. The digital application service replaces the old system which had been in place for 32 years.
The Ohio House is slated to vote today on a bill to bolster the state's voter registration database.
The measure requires state agencies to share data with the secretary of state to help maintain Ohio's voter records. It also reduces the minimum number of electronic voting machines a county must have.
The Ohio Association of Election Officials supports the bill.
Today is the last day the House expects to be in session this year. Senators already have wrapped up work.
Two other election-related bills not scheduled for a vote have drawn more heated reaction.
The state's Department of Commerce says the end of the year is a good time for Ohioans to closely examine their cable television bills for any upcoming rate increases.
Commerce officials say many cable companies raise rates at the beginning of a year. Ohio law requires cable providers to give consumers written notice of any rate increase 30 days in advance. Those notifications could appear on November or December bills.
Commerce Director Andre Porter says some providers also may offer holiday or promotional pricing to attract new subscribers.
Low-income Ohioans can start signing up for Medicaid coverage online, along with those who are newly eligible under an expansion of the health program.
The online enrollment option being launched today is part of a new state system. Residents also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov.
Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can apply for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.