Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
8:15 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: November 5 - 11, 2013

Garlic mustard
Credit Flickr Creative Commons user HuronPines

In warm late autumns, garlic mustard has grown four or five inches tall, its leaves wide and bright. Chickweed has come back all along the paths, and cress has revived in the pools and streams. Skunk cabbage has pushed up all over the swamp, some plants even opening a little. The low sun sets the new plants glowing like they glow in April. At the river’s edge, the water is rippled blue, black, green, and brown, bare tree branches tangled in reflections.

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Affordable Care Act
5:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

“Self-Insurance” Allows Ohio Businesses New Flexibility in Health Plans

Southwest Ohio businesses have a new health care option on the table: so-called “self-insurance” allows companies to cut out the middle man.

The South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce in Miamisburg has signed up to give its members access to a national self-insurance pool with hundreds of other businesses, which chamber director Julia Maxton says can save them money.

“It’s very clean, it’s very clear,” Maxton said. “It is something that they can understand.”

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: October 29 – November 4, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Steve_C

I walked in the late afternoon with Bella, my border collie, the temperature mild, the sky streaked with high cirrus, the sun low and almost white, the woods floor bright with fresh chickweed, moneywort, buttercup, mint, henbit, garlic mustard, some waterleaf and leafcup growing back.

I listened to the wind in the high trees that sometimes shut out the sounds of the highway to the west. I heard the call of one flicker or pileated woodpecker.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: October 22 - 28, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user AndyArthur

This past summer, Sylvia sent me an effusive note about finding a toad in the grass. She was “feeling lucky,” she said. And she went on: “Oh yes, lucky, so I got down on my hands and knees…I didn’t want to miss a single detail…such serious eyes for one so young regarding me with great solemnity.”

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Affordable Care Act
5:38 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ohio Controlling Board Votes to Fund Medicaid Expansion

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.

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