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Southwest Ohioans now have a new way to access routine and urgent-care medical services. Premier Health officials Monday announced a new “virtual clinic” that connects doctors and patients via video conference. 

The Premier Virtual Care program is the first of its kind in the Miami Valley, officials say. The telemedicine program makes doctors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It’s intended for patients with non-life threatening conditions such as colds, flu, allergies and back pain, and it works like this:

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As lawmakers in Washington prepare to vote on a Republican-backed bill to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act, more than 60 Affordable Care Act supporters protested Thursday in Moraine outside the Mandalay Banquet Center. It was the second Dayton-area health care protest in a week.

Organizers with the group Dayton Indivisible for All planned the rally to coincide with a county Republican Party fundraiser being held at the venue. Republican 10th District Congressman Mike Turner had originally been expected to appear at the event but was not able to attend.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley held a news conference on Wednesday morning to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the Dayton region.

 

President Trump and GOP lawmakers have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

 

Whaley was one of more than fifty mayors around the country who held similar press conferences on what they called a “Day of Action.”

 

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The final 2017 open-enrollment deadline for coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is Tuesday, January 31. Enrollment will still be available after that for anyone who qualifies for a plan under Medicaid expansion, and people experiencing life changes such as giving birth or getting married. 

 

Choosing a health plan by the January 31 deadline means 2017 coverage will begin in March without a penalty fee. 

A number of state and local Ohio politicians plan to travel to Washington this week for President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the nation’s 45th president. The Inaugural Ceremony will be held Friday, January 20, at the U.S. Capitol, marking the end of President Barack Obama's eight years in the White House. 

Republican State Rep. Niraj Antani, of Ohio's 42nd district, is going, and says he’s looking forward to experiencing the inauguration in person.

President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans are vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. With the federal health law in question, some Ohio lawmakers and advocates are wondering how a repeal could impact the state’s growing health care industry. 

The Affordable Care Act has led to a boom in Ohio’s health care industry, says Amy Rohling McGee, director of the nonprofit, nonpartisan, Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

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More than six million people across the country signed up by the end of 2016 for health plans beginning in January through the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. That’s a record high. Enrollment was also up in Ohio, one of three dozen states nationwide that expanded Medicaid under the federal health law.  

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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There’s an important deadline this week for anyone looking for health coverage through the federal insurance program known as the Affordable Care Act.

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Events are taking place around Dayton this week to help people sign up for health plans through the federal Affordable Care Act marketplace. This year the deadline is Jan. 31 to get a plan through the federal government, and what’s different this time is that the fines if you don’t get insurance go up quite a bit. Obamacare requires adults to get health insurance one way or another—many have become newly eligible for Medicaid in Ohio.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials were at the Dayton Job Center Tuesday to promote the next round of open enrollment into the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Whaley told reporters there are two big reasons the uninsured need to take advantage of the open enrollment periods.

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