Affordable Care Act

Ohio's Republican U.S. senator says website woes are more evidence that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul should be halted.

Sen. Rob Portman, of the Cincinnati area, says the site is an indicator of what's ahead in the health care rollout. He says the overhaul is a complex program that will hurt the economy, and the way the website has been plagued by technical malfunctions highlights a system that isn't ready.

The Ohio Controlling Board approved funding to expand Medicaid in a 5-2 vote Monday afternoon.

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 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.

Antwaun Brown is currently uninsured, and doesn't know yet whether he'll be able to get covered by the ACA. medicaid insurance health
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Governor John Kasich will bring a Medicaid expansion proposal to the Ohio Controlling Board Monday. He’s gone around the Republican-run legislature in an attempt to approve billions in funds from the federal Affordable Care Act, and health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income people hangs in the balance.

When Amy Sylvester shows up at her appointment at Five Rivers Health Center in Dayton, she’s been up all night, because she works a 2am shift delivering papers.

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced last week he’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—and health care providers have their fingers crossed.

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The federal health care marketplace, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for business Tuesday even in the midst of a government shutdown. But for groups doing outreach in Dayton, the first day was a slow one.

A crew of outreach workers stood around next to colorful tables in the parking lot of a health center Tuesday, chatting up passers-by and waiting for a mostly-absent news media to stop by.

Shutdown Impacts Thousands of Ohio Workers

Oct 2, 2013

Thousands of people around Ohio are beginning to feel the effects of the federal government shutdown. Regional Social Security offices have canceled in-person appointments and the state’s national parks and forests are closed. The advocacy group, Fair Share Ohio, says 25,000 federal employees who live in Ohio stayed at home today and could not go to work.

The Federal health care Marketplace is set to open for business Tuesday, Oct. 1, and open enrollment will last for six months. Most people who can’t get employer insurance will be required to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, or pay a fee. But there’s still a lot of confusion about what exactly this will mean for the uninsured — about 1.5 million people in Ohio.


This week the Affordable Care Act has inspired congressional faceoffs, online poetry, and a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham" on the Senate floor. Meanwhile, the federal government is scrambling to get ready for the launch of the marketplace, where Ohio’s uninsured will shop for health plans.

On October first, Ohioans can begin to look at insurance options on the new health care exchanges. The head of Ohio’s Department of Insurance predicts there will be problems but an advocate for the federal health care plan says this will open doors for more than a million Ohioans.

Portman Says He’ll Vote To Defund Affordable Care Act

Sep 13, 2013

A new energy bill and a move to defund Obamacare, those were topics of conversation in a conference call Sen. Rob Portman held with reporters on Thursday.

The House of Representatives has voted dozens of times to defund or otherwise take the wind out of the sails of the Affordable Care Act. Now, there’s talk in the Senate of doing the same.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Republican Sen. Rob Portman said he’d support that move.