The University of Dayton's says it will continue to offer employee health insurance that covers contraceptive care and isn't changing the plan because of the fight over a new federal policy on birth control.
Ohio's largest county has decided to expand health care benefit access for gay county employees to include their partners' children.
The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reports the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Council voted 6-4 to approve the change Tuesday.
The county doesn't give the same benefits to the children of unmarried heterosexual couples. Council members noted that heterosexual couples could wed to get benefits for their children, but gay couples didn't have that option.
Catholic leaders in Ohio are joining the chorus of church officials urging parishioners to protest and pray about the federal government's decision to require many church-affiliated institutions to cover free birth control for employees.
Bishops in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo shared their opposition in letters distributed or read to parishioners this weekend, saying the decision runs counter to their beliefs.
Ohio's work to make sure more children have health coverage has earned the state $21 million in federal bonus funding.
U.S. health officials say Ohio is receiving bonus money for a second straight year. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says in a statement that more of Ohio's children now have the advantages health coverage provides.
Only 22 other states qualified for bonuses.
To receive the funding, states must surpass a Medicaid enrollment target and improve access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.
Our latest episode features special guest Dr. Sharon Sherlock, Executive Director for Reach Out Dayton. The Reach Out Dayton clinic provides free medical care to residents of Montgomery County, Ohio who find themselves without health insurance.