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Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Whooping Cough Cases On Track For Highest Total Since 2010

The name makes it sound like an old-fashioned disease, but whooping cough cases are up. And state health officials are encouraging Ohioans to get booster shots.

The Ohio Department of Health says the highly contagious cough is one of the most commonly occurring, but vaccine-preventable, diseases in the United States. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is usually spread by coughing or sneezing.

It often starts with cold-like symptoms before turning into a persistent cough with spasms.

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Affordable Care Act
11:24 am
Wed October 2, 2013

First Day of the Federal Health Care Marketplace Slow for Ohioans

A coalition of Ohio groups affiliated with Wright State's Medicaid Outreach Consortium gathered in a health center parking lot Tuesday to talk to the public about the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

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.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Take A Tour of the Health Care Marketplace with WYSO Reporters, And Get A Cost Estimate

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.

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Health Care
6:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

In the Push to Spread the Word on Obamacare, Insurers Play A Key Role. PLUS: NPR's Cost Calculator.

CareSource's offices in downtown Dayton. CareSource is among 12 insurance companies offering plans on the Ohio marketplace.
Credit Flickr/vistavision

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.

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Affordable Care Act
5:18 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Ohio Organizations Scramble to Prepare for Health Care Marketplace

The federal health care marketplace is set to open Oct. 1, and Ohio organizations are scrambling to prepare. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, almost all Americans will be required to have health care either through an employer, through a private insurer, or through a state- or federally-run marketplace. The marketplaces will essentially be regulated online shopping centers where consumers can compare health plans and find out whether they qualify for federal subsidies.

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