For Ohioans seeking to get insured under the federal health care law, October was homework month and November was for browsing plans.
Expect to see more action in December. That's what groups who are helping residents get covered say. They are bracing for more people to enroll before next year.
The head of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says people typically have three to five meetings with the organization's counselors before they feel comfortable picking a health plan in the new marketplace.
College applications deadlines are approaching, and Ohio students are facing the daunting question of how to fund their education. Financial aid is down in the state, and student debt is up.
The total budget for need-based aid in the state of Ohio peaked in 2008 at $183 million, while the 2013 budget is just $86 million. Budget cuts in 2009 are responsible for a lot of that change, and while federal Pell Grant funding has increased dramatically, that growth has been outpaced by increases in tuition and living costs.
HIV infection rates are still on the rise in Ohio and across the country. On this 25th annual World AIDS Day, health officials urge testing and education to stop new cases from developing.
17,000 people in Ohio are known to be HIV positive, but that number doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people with HIV don’t even know they’re infected, so the problem is much worse.