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Crowds are expected in downtown Dayton Friday evening for a rally against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Organizers say the protest is needed as the United States Senate prepares to take up legislation that would roll back key provisions of the federal health law.

The GOP-backed American Health Care Act, recently passed by the House, calls for cutting Medicaid funding and allowing states to seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. 

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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The United States Senate will soon take up for consideration the GOP House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under the American Health Care Act, states could seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. The waivers would allow insurance companies to consider health status when deciding the cost of premiums -- and some patients could see premiums rise.  

Dear Mr. President: Environmental "Trumptastrophe"

May 11, 2017
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Dear Mr. President:

"The world I'm going to live in is going to have a good atmosphere."

Fairborn eight-year-old Raina Johnson, who likes Lego games and art, coined a phrase to describe the Trump administration's approach to environmental issues so far: "Trumptastrophe." 

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community, and what you want President Donald Trump to know about the Miami Valley. Submit your own letter by emailing it to wyso@wyso.org.  

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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Ohio health-care advocates are reacting to Thursday's passage of a GOP health bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill is far from becoming reality. But, if passed into law, the “American Health Care Act” would make a long list of changes to the country’s health-care system.  

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community. Today, we’ll hear letters about immigration, a topic that’s generated a lot of controversy since President Donald Trump took office.

Earlier this year, WYSO producers went to 10 Miami Valley libraries to record people’s letters to the president. Many of our writers talked about the Trump administration’s actions on refugees and immigrants.

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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.

Mayor Whaley Denounces Effort To Repeal Obamacare

Feb 22, 2017
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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.

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