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During the coronavirus pandemic, telemedicine appointments have increased dramatically to keep people away from hospitals and doctors’ offices. State and federal regulations have been relaxed to make these virtual visits more accessible than ever. Some question whether this new framework will be sustainable over the long term.

“Patients really like it, and we like the ease of being able to communicate with our patients, and now that everyone’s adjusting, I think it’s really nice," said Dr. Brittany Myers, a child and adolescent psychologist at MetroHealth.

The Trump Administration is encouraging Ohio and other states to adopt a new federal proposal that would cap Medicaid spending and potentially save money.

State lawmakers have not indiciated if Ohio's Medicaid program will embrace block grants as an alternate way to pay for the health insurance program.

Proponents say the block grants will provide more flexibility for states. Critics say the plan, which was rolled out last week, would simply pass costs along to low-income recipients and might discourage them from getting medical care.

Voters cast their ballots at the Cincinnati Public Library's polling station, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Cincinnati.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a bill that would automatically register high school students to vote. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) joins the show.

Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran says former Gov. of Ohio John Kasich created big problems the agency is facing.
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The memo is scathing.

Ohio Medicaid director Maureen Corcoran uses words such as “inadequate,” “unacceptable,” “poorly implemented” and a “mess” to describe what she inherited from the administration of former Gov. John Kasich

Ohio’s Medicaid program has rolled out a new tool, the Unified Preferred Drug List, that's meant improve communication between patients, doctors and pharmacists.

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Advocates are worried about the process that will eventually require thousands of Ohioans in Medicaid expansion to work 20 hours a week or lose their benefits, which the state got permission to impose earlier this year.

Maureen Corcoran is sworn in as Ohio Medicaid director by Gov. Mike DeWine in January.
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Ohio residents who will face work requirements to continue receiving Medicaid health care coverage won't lose their benefits until after they have spoken to a caseworker, according to a proposed state plan.

Maureen Corcoran is sworn in as Ohio Medicaid director by Gov. Mike DeWine in January.
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Ohio's new Medicaid director is taking the helm as the department faces multiple questions about its future.