State lawmakers are working to correct a new Ohio law that would allow coaches and referees in youth sports leagues to be criminally prosecuted if they don't follow requirements regarding players' head injuries.
The new law takes effect in late April. It requires coaches, volunteers and officials in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they're checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider. Coaches would also need to know more about concussions.
A bill-writing error inadvertently imposes criminal penalties for violating the law.
The Ohio House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to clarify the law before it takes effect. The Senate passed a separate bill.
Debate continues over Ohio Governor John Kasich’s proposed expansion of Medicaid - outlined in his state budget plan last month. Conservatives say its big government - Democrats like increased medical coverage for the poor and disabled. As WYSO's Jerry Kenney reports, both pros and cons surrounding the expansion will affect services provided by local medical professionals and organizations.
According to Bryan Bucklew with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Medicaid expansion in the state of Ohio would mean medical coverage for another 60,000 people in Montgomery County alone, and between 100 - 110 thousand people in the Association's Service area.