Ohio Legislature http://wyso.org en Ohio Controlling Board Votes to Fund Medicaid Expansion http://wyso.org/post/ohio-controlling-board-votes-fund-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>The Ohio Controlling Board approved funding to expand Medicaid in a 5-2 vote Monday afternoon.</p><p>That means beginning this January, over 300,000 Ohioans could become newly eligible for the state-run health insurance program, and around 275,000 are expected to get covered in 2014. The expansion&nbsp;extends state Medicaid programs to cover all adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or a little less than $16,000 for an individual.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:38:15 +0000 Lewis Wallace 40939 at http://wyso.org As Ohio Medicaid Debate Continues, Health Providers Have Their Fingers Crossed http://wyso.org/post/ohio-medicaid-debate-continues-health-providers-have-their-fingers-crossed <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Ohio Governor John Kasich announced last week he&rsquo;ll circumvent the legislature to try to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, state legislators are considering two separate Medicaid reform bills&mdash;and health care providers have their fingers crossed.</span></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:22:40 +0000 Lewis Wallace 40718 at http://wyso.org Ohio Lawmakers Rush To Introduce Gun Legislation http://wyso.org/post/ohio-lawmakers-rush-introduce-gun-legislation <p>A newspaper analysis finds an increase in the number of gun-related bills brought forth by the Ohio Legislature.</p><p>The report by the Cincinnati Enquirer says lawmakers have introduced 19 firearm-related bills since taking office in January, 11 of them expanding gun owners' rights.</p><p>The paper says in a story Thursday that that's five more than the 14 firearm-related bills introduced in 2011 and 2012.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Associated Press 37065 at http://wyso.org Doctors Sound Off On Abortion Bills Being Considered By Ohio Lawmakers http://wyso.org/post/doctors-sound-abortion-bills-being-considered-ohio-lawmakers <p>Some Ohio doctors and medical clinic managers say if the Ohio legislature passes some anti-abortion bills now under consideration, it’s very possible there will be a shortage of doctors and medical facilities to serve the needs of Ohio women. And they warn more Ohio women will die due to complications from pregnancies.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:04:00 +0000 Jo Ingles (Ohio Public Radio) 35052 at http://wyso.org Ohio Lawmakers: Disarm Domestic Violence Suspects http://wyso.org/post/ohio-lawmakers-disarm-domestic-violence-suspects <p>A group of Democratic lawmakers in Ohio say domestic-violence deaths can be prevented by taking guns away from people served with restraining orders.</p><p>Legislation introduced by Rep. Bob Hagan, a Youngstown Democrat, would require those subject to domestic-violence protection orders to temporarily give up their weapons to law enforcement within 24 hours of being served.</p><p>The bill would also give defendants the option to sell their weapons to a licensed federal dealer instead of handing them over.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 16:08:28 +0000 Associated Press 33273 at http://wyso.org