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In the middle of an ongoing investigation by the FBI, the Ohio Department of Medicaid has revoked privileges from an Ohio chain of for-profit addiction treatment centers called Braking Point.

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.


Republican leaders in the Ohio Legislature are still looking at the possibility of freezing Medicaid expansion, a move the governor’s office says could result in a loss of health coverage for half a million people.

It wasn't that long ago that the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died once and for all in the Senate.

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Mary Taylor, Ohio’s Lt. Governor and a Republican candidate for governor, unveiled a set of proposals in Cleveland on Monday that would change Ohio’s health care system.

The Ohio Statehouse
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After joining the Ohio House in voting to override six of Gov. John Kasich’s budget vetoes last month, the Senate was expected to come back this week to consider overriding more. But the Senate cancelled the session.

In the wake of congressional Republicans' failure to pass a health care bill, two governors from different parties are going to bring their own ideas to Washington.

For the first time in four decades the state Legislature has gone over the governor’s head to implement policy in the budget without his approval. 

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Gov. John Kasich and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) appear at a press conference about the budget in April.
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Republican leaders are ready to deliver another blow to Gov. John Kasich. The Senate is likely to give final approval to at least some veto overrides that started in the House. The vote would be more than just a symbolic loss of power for the Kasich Administration.

All this week, as part of our Zip Code: The Hidden Vital Sign series, ideastream has been looking at the things beyond a person’s control that influence health, such as crime, poverty, food insecurity, recreation and neighborhood green space. This next story focuses on how some rural areas lack access to dental care. 

Rob Portman speaking
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As the U.S. Senate moves toward a planned vote on their version of the health care bill, Ohio's Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he'll continue opposing any plans that take coverage from people on Medicaid.

Ohio Budget Director Tim Keen
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In spite of tax collections coming in short for nearly all of the fiscal year that just ended, the state says it ended the year with a surplus.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 10, 2017
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Gov. John Kasich vetoed 47 line items in Ohio's proposed 2018 - 2019 budget bill and the Ohio House of Representatives overrode 11 of those 47 vetoes. However, the House didn’t overturn Kasich's decision to veto the controversial line item that would freeze the expansion of Medicaid enrollment.

Coming up, we're talking about the state budget and the latest in national and local news with a panel of reporters. 

Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

Hundreds of advocates gathered on the steps of the Statehouse to rally against a vote that would freeze Medicaid enrollment for certain people next year. This could be a last minute push as the House considers taking that up tomorrow.

As Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell works to drum up votes for his health care bill in Congress, people in his home state worry about what they could lose if the bill passes.