Health, Science & The Environment

Affordable Care Act
8:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Ohio Health Insurers Refund $1.2 Million Under ACA Requirement

Ohio health insurers are refunding more than a million dollars in premiums to small businesses and individuals for 2013, according to a report out Thursday from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Health, Science & The Environment
6:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Will The Affordable Care Act Cut Costs On Emergency Care?

The CareFlight emergency helicopter on the roof of Miami Valley Hospital. Transportation is one of the many surprise expenses that can come out of an ER visit.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

One of the arguments in favor of the Affordable Care Act was that it would reduce dependency on emergency rooms by covering more people with basic preventive care. Now, millions of people are newly covered by Obamacare. So, are emergency departments seeing a slowdown?   Not so much.  

On the street in downtown Dayton, Ohio, Rebekah Jacobsen says before the Affordable Care Act, she racked up thousands in medical bills.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: July 22 - 28, 2014

Credit palomelca / Flickr Creative Commons

Since I started my record of the weather and natural history, I have kept all my notes daily notes together - for example, all the July 20ths from 1979 through 2014 in one place. With that organization, I've been able to see how, in spite of the separate character of each 12-month cycle, the progress of the seasons remains nearly identical from one year to the next.

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The Environment
10:35 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Lake Erie Algae Threatens Ohio Drinking Water

This year the amount of harmful algae forecast for Lake Erie is predicted to be less than last year and considerably less than the record outbreak of 2011. But it’s likely still be significant, coating some parts of the western basin in toxic green slime. Under certain conditions, even moderate blooms can produce levels of harmful toxins that threaten drinking water across the basin.

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Health, Science & The Environment
10:07 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Board To Hear Concerns About Proposed Jefferson Township Composting Facility

Credit wastebusters / Flickr Creative Commons

Jefferson Township officials will hear concerns from residents this evening about a proposed organic farm and composting facility in the area just west of Dayton. Previous public meetings about the proposal have been heated, with local residents voicing concerns about the sights and smells associated with industrial composting.

“The bottom line is it stinks, it really stinks, they mix it with manure, and it really reeks,” says Sam Elam, who runs Belmont Labs, an environmental testing facility.

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