Healthcare

Jesse Thomas is the CEO of InHealth, the new CO-OP health insurance provider for Ohio.
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Open enrollment for health plans from the Affordable Care Act starts Saturday, and Ohioans will have more options this year. The number of companies offering insurance on Ohio’s exchange has jumped from 12 to 16, assuaging concerns that competition would decrease, rather than increase under the new law. The new entries include Dayton-based Premier Health, a health network that is branching out into the insurance market for the first time, and a CO-OP called InHealth Mutual.

With More Options, Healthcare.gov Now Open For “Window Shopping”

Nov 11, 2014
A screen shot from healthcare.gov, the website for the Affordable Care Act health plans.
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The Obama administration said Sunday that consumers could begin "window shopping" for health insurance plans on HealthCare.gov, even before the open enrollment period formally begins on Saturday, Nov. 15. You can now click a button and check out your options before enrollment officially begins.

The healthcare.gov site now offers Aetna and United Healthcare, two national insurers who shied away from Ohio last year. That means the competition has picked up.

Ebola
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  The state is continuing to monitor residents who may have had contact with a Texas nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus after returning home following a trip to northeastern Ohio. The Ebola incubation period can be as long as three weeks, meaning local residents who spent time with Amber Vinson during her Ohio trip will continue to be monitored for 21 days after last contact. For those who had contact with the nurse on her last day in the area, the incubation period runs through about Nov. 3.

Ohio Scrambles To Address Visit From Ebola-Infected Nurse

Oct 16, 2014
Ebola virus particles.
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Ebola became a major health concern in northeast Ohio Wednesday after it was discovered that a nurse who traveled to northeast Ohio has the deadly virus. Health officials in the region are working to retrace her steps while trying to balance caution and reassurance.

Ebola
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As concerns spread about a worldwide Ebola crisis, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County has setup a hotline to answer questions about the disease.

The hotline is a regional number for Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby counties. Spokesman Bill Wharton says it’s something their organization had already been working on when the current crises arose.

Another Battle Is Brewing Over Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion

Oct 7, 2014

The expansion of Medicaid to previously uninsured Ohioans began in January and has given nearly 340,000 residents health coverage. But the program's long-term success is also uncertain, as the political battle over Medicaid expansion in Ohio is about to begin round two.

Protesters in Washington, D.C. speaking out against the Affordable Care Act in its early days.
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Today marks one year since the federal government started offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act on healthcare.gov, also known as the “exchange” or “marketplace.” The launch was rocky, to say the least, but for the most part the glitches and disasters have been cleared up, and the political battles have also exited center stage. What’s happening now is an unprecedented growth in the numbers of people covered in the Miami Valley—and a health care industry that’s booming.

President Barack Obama speaks about affordable health care at an event in 2013 with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Despite controversy and a bumpy rollout, the president's signature bill enrolled more people than it had originally aimed for.
Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

As the time for open enrollment in federal health plans rolls back around, the federal government has announced a new round of grants for Ohio health insurance navigators.

Even after a bumpy start last year, the feds report more than 154,000 Ohio residents got new health plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace between October 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014. People signed up through local health centers, food banks, libraries and churches, or just went online at home.

Dayton Children's Hospital

Dayton Children’s hospital broke ground Thursday on a new eight-story building on its campus. The center is part of a long-term plan to improve patient care. 

Officials at Children’s say their current facilities can’t serve all their needs.  The 260,000-square-foot tower will house a new intensive care unit for newborns, a Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, and new patient care units.

But the hospital's President and CEO, Deborah Feldman, says the long-term plan is about improving the hospital, not necessarily expanding it.

Health Coverage In Jeopardy For 6,000 Ohioans

Aug 18, 2014
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department

The federal government says about 6,000 Ohioans who signed up for the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act soon to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status.

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