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Sierra Roberts and a coworker collaborate at the Ohio Mutual office space in Bucyrus, Ohio.
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Sierra Roberts knew the jingles and taglines about insurance. It’s that thing you pay for now in case something goes wrong later. It’s those commercials constantly clamoring for our attention.

On Thursday, Indiana temporarily suspended its Medicaid work requirement program known as Gateway to Work. Like several other states, it faced a court challenge to rules that could have eliminated health insurance for many low-income Hoosiers. 

Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport, center) talks about his bill that provides options for suprise medical bills along with Reps. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood. left), Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) and Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton).
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Several Ohio House Republicans are backing a bill that they say provides options to avoid "surprise billing," when patients get unexpected big invoices from out of network providers after visiting an in-network hospital or health care facility.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A new Ohio bill would ban most private insurance coverage for abortions. Opponents say it would also ban effective methods of birth control.

Workers with a steady paycheck already know that wages have been stubbornly slow to rise. Meanwhile, those who get health insurance through a job have seen their deductibles shoot up. In fact, says Noam Levey, a health care reporter for the Los Angeles Times, deductibles have, on average, quadrupled over the last dozen years. As a result, even some people who have health insurance are having trouble affording medical care.

After years of steady decline, the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose by 276,000 in 2017, according to a Georgetown University report released Thursday.

Across Ohio, colleges and universities are celebrating their spring commencements this month, with some like Ohio State University celebrating the largest graduating classes in their history, but a report from the non-profit National Association of Colleges and Employers shows both private and public sector employers expect to hire fewer graduates this year.

“The employers said they plan to decrease their hiring by just 1.3 percent,” NACE Research Manager Andrea Koncz reported.

Ohio is in a better position to handle President Trump’s decision to end federal cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies than some other states, according to officials at the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Updated at 11:40 p.m. ET

The Trump administration said Thursday that it would end the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reduction payments designed to help low-income Americans get health care. Not paying the subsidies, health care experts have warned, could send the health insurance exchanges into turmoil.

Updated 4:52 pm

The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women.

According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection.

Esther Honig / WOSU

While insurance adjusters continue their sweep of Houston after Hurricane Harvey,  Ohioans wonder how much coverage they need to buy in case of major flooding. After all, this area saw a powerful rainstorm of its own in late July. 

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Pexals

About 11,000 enrollees in the Affordable Health Care Act program in 19 Ohio counties who recently found themselves without a single health insurance company to cover them are now getting some options.

Jo Ingles

Gov. John Kasich held a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday to celebrate a new law requiring coverage for medically necessary treatments for autistic children. 

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An Ohio insurance group estimates that a storm that toppled over 120 utility poles in southwest Ohio last month caused at least $52 million in property damage.

Conditions for Undocumented Immigrants

Apr 22, 2015
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A recent study ranked Ohio last when it comes to the health and well-being policies for undocumented immigrants. In this episode, we look at Ohio’s laws and those of other states that ranked higher. 

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