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Dayton CareSource Employees Rally To Protect Medicaid

Jul 5, 2017
More than a hundred Caresource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion.
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About 130 CareSource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion. Gov. John Kasich’s budget signed Friday included a veto on a plan to freeze Medicaid expansion next year. Some state lawmakers are threatening to override the governor’s veto in ongoing budget negotiations this week.

   

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Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is on its way to the Senate.

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.  

Flu Hospitalizations Continue To Rise

Feb 13, 2017

The ongoing surge in flu cases is sending more people to hospitals across the state of Ohio, and Greene County public health officials are urging families to take preventative measures. According to the Ohio Department of Health, at least three children have died in the last two weeks due to the predominant strain of flu this year, H3N2.

 

Amy Schmitt is a registered nurse and reporter of infectious diseases at the Greene County Health Department. She says families need to take regular precautions.

 

A new state report shows an uptick in Ohio's infant mortality rate, with black babies dying at a rate approaching three times that of whites.

Data released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health shows the state's overall infant mortality rate increased to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births last year. That's up from a rate of 6.8 deaths in 2014. The three leading causes continued to be prematurity, sleep-related deaths and birth defects.

Ohio had 1,005 infants die before their first birthdays in 2015, compared with 955 in 2014.

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The Ohio Supreme Court says backers of a plan to cap the price Ohio pays for drugs it buys for Medicaid, prisons and other state-run programs fell short of the signatures they need to put it before voters next year.

Practicing and Teaching Yoga In Rural America

Aug 17, 2016
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Jenny Gore works full time as a police dispatcher. Her shifts are long-- sometimes twelve hours--and she’s often on the road. It’s a hectic schedule, and there’s no shortage of stress in her life. Still, she tries to make room for yoga. In fact, she’s surprised at how important yoga has become to her.

The state says it inadvertently released the protected health information of thousands of Ohioans who received mental health services.

Ohio's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the breach happened in February when the agency mailed postcards inviting patients to participate in a satisfaction survey.

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9 students at the University of Dayton have confirmed cases of the mumps and another 23 have shown symptoms. All but one of those students was fully vaccinated against the infection.

 

All UD students are required to receive the MMR vaccine, which protects against Mumps, Measles and Rubella, before starting classes -- unless a medical condition prevents them from getting it.

Donna Youtz, the immunization coordinator with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, says the vaccine isn’t 100% percent effective.

Teen Birth Rates Fall Nationwide, Narrowing Racial Gap

Apr 29, 2016
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Teen birth rates have fallen in Ohio and across the country, and racial disparities in those numbers have lessened, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC compared teen birth rates from 2006 to 2014. In Ohio, the rate fell nearly 34 percent. The latest numbers for the state show there were 26 births per 1,000 young women ages 15 to 19. That puts Ohio at just a notch above the national rate of 25.4.

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