Health, Science & The Environment

8:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Feds: Almost 40,000 Ohioans Picked Health Plans

Nearly 40,000 Ohio residents have successfully picked health insurance plans through the new online marketplace created by President Barack Obama's law.

A report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services details enrollment numbers from Oct. 1 through Dec. 28.

Ohio is among the 36 states relying on the federal website, Monday's figures show a significant spike in sign-ups compared with October, when the troubled website wasn't working properly. Just 1,150 Ohioans had managed to select a plan then, compared with 34,283 last month.

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7:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Flu Cases Widespread In Ohio, State Officials Say

State health officials say influenza activity is now widespread in Ohio, and they're encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

The Ohio Department of Health says it has received reports of flu-like illness in more than half the regions in the state.

Shannon Libby with the health department says the numbers are down compared to this time last year, but that’s no reason to put off vaccination.

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Health, Science & The Environment
10:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Governor Launches Drug Abuse Prevention Effort Aimed At Youth

Governor John Kasich spoke in West Carrollton, south of Dayton, along with Attorney General Mike DeWine (left) and First Lady Karen Kasich.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

On Wednesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced the launch of a statewide drug education program called “Start Talking.” The program encourages parents and teachers to talk to young people about the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs.

At the launch event at West Carrollton Middle School south of Dayton, many of the speeches were emotional.

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8:15 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: January 7 - 13, 2014

Credit Earthwatcher / Flickr Creative Commons

In his book, The Unforeseen Wilderness, Wendell Berry describes what happens when a person steps away from familiar ground, enters a wilderness or ventures “alone into a new place.

Negative emotions like “the ancient fear of the unknown” that come from a lack of familiarity are, he says, not the experience of the new place itself, “but of yourself in that place.”

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7:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Approximately 17,000 Ohioans Apply Online For Medicaid

Ohio officials say they've received more than 17,000 applications from people seeking Medicaid health coverage through a new state website.

The online enrollment option became available Dec. 9 to eligible low-income families, along with individuals who fell under an expansion of the federal-state program for the poor and disabled.  It wasn't clear how many online applications came from those newly eligible under the Medicaid extension.

A spokesman for the state's Medicaid department says the website has been working smoothly.

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