State officials want to change the way health care is delivered to the 190,000 Ohioans served by both Medicaid and Medicare, so the beneficiaries must only deal with a single entity to receive services.
The federal Medicare program serves the elderly and disabled, while Medicaid provides coverage for the poor though state and federal funding. The two operate fairly independently from each other.
Ohio House Republicans have asked the state's attorney general and auditor to review legal fees billed to taxpayers by Democrats as part of a citizens' lawsuit over new state legislative districts.
Invoices obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request show Democrats have sought almost $73,000 in taxpayer funds to pay a law firm that's helping to represent the three dozen citizens. It's unclear how much of that amount was for the complaint.
An Ohio charity that the government suspected of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas has gone out of business.
The Treasury Department used terror-financing laws to freeze the assets of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development in 2006. The Blade reports the nonprofit organization based in Toledo issued a public notice last week saying it had been dissolved.
KindHearts leaders had denied any connection to terrorism. They said the group provided up to $6 million a year in humanitarian aid to the world's poor.