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.

The Capitol Hill health care fight sure seemed dead. After Republican proposals to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, failed to pass a Republican-controlled Congress, lawmakers looked poised to move on to other topics, like a tax overhaul. But this week, proposals from both the left and the right are grabbing headlines.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill next month to create a government-run, single-payer health care system. And he knows it's going to fail.

"Look, I have no illusions that under a Republican Senate and a very right-wing House and an extremely right-wing president of the United States, that suddenly we're going to see a Medicare-for-all, single-payer passed," he said recently, sitting in his Senate office. "You're not going to see it. That's obvious."

Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office.

Most hospitals report how many infections strike patients during treatment, meaning the infections are likely contracted inside the facility. Each year, Medicare is supposed to review up to 200 cases in which hospitals report suspicious infection-tracking results.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (D) spoke at the City Club on Monday.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders criticized the Trump administration in a speech Monday hosted by the Cleveland City Club.

The former Democratic presidential candidate was also asked to weigh in on a local issue: the deal to fund Quicken Loans Arena renovations with admissions taxes and other public money.

As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, many suggest that shrinking the list of services that insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility.

House Republicans are debating a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act that would give consumers tax credits to buy insurance, cut back on Medicaid and allow people to save their own money to pay for health care costs.

The outline plan is likely to take away some of the financial help low-income families get through Obamacare subsidies, and also result in fewer people being covered under the Medicaid health care program for the poor.

Medicare and Open Enrollment

Nov 25, 2016
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Medicare open enrollment is currently underway. Although each case is different, there are a few strategies that can help an individual get the most out of Medicare in 2017.  Joining us today is expert and author, Philip Moeller. 

Medicare and Open Enrollment

Nov 1, 2016
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Medicare open enrollment is currently underway. Although each case is different, there are a few strategies that can help an individual get the most out of Medicare in 2017.  Joining us today is expert and author, Philip Moeller. 

Creating Community as we Grow Older

Sep 29, 2014

11 am

They marched for civil rights, partied at Woodstock, and now, ten thousand baby boomers a day are turning sixty-five. This hour we’ll explore the new ways older Americans are finding community, starting with housing that's  less like nursing homes, and more like summer camp. And we'll learn how new technology and old relationships make for a longer, richer life.


10:00 Modern medicine allows doctors to prolong life in remarkable ways, but not everyone wants to live for the sake of longevity. This hour we'll talk about the increasing trend away from heroic medical treatments, and toward a focus on managing the physical symptoms, the psychological pain and the spiritual toll of a serious illness. Guests

The Care and Keeping of Parents

Jun 4, 2013

10:00 Getting old is not for sissies. Approximately 8,000 Americans turn 65 every day, and by 2025, over 73 million will be Medicare recipients. As the nation grays, the question of caring for the elderly has taken center stage. This hour, we'll learn how children of older adults can keep their sanity, and some of their money while caring for mom and dad. Guests

10:00 Social Security and Medicare are hot topics, especially for politicians. But what needs to be changed? What do Ohioans think of these programs? On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about the public opinion and potential reforms of Social Security and Medicare. Guests

  • Robert Romasco (President-elect, AARP)
  • Michael Tanner (Senior Fellow, CATO Institute)
  • Max Skidmore (Political Science Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City)


Seniors and prescription drugs, part 1

Mar 6, 2006

When the new Medicare prescription drug plan went into effect January 1st, pharmacists were on the front lines of battle. They faced confused consumers and, at times, simply gave those customers the medication they needed free of charge. WOSU's Christina Morgan reports two local pharmacists say the early confusion is beginning to clear, but it's been a bumpy several weeks.

Seniors and prescription drugs, part 2

Mar 6, 2006

Some question whether the new Medicare Prescription drug plan is a benefit or a liability. Those familiar with Plan D see potential for good, but for many others, it remains a mystery. WOSU's Christina Morgan looks at the plans impact on seniors.

**Improving Health Literacy through Communication" is a partnership of WOSU Public Media, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and WOSU Caregivers Program Host Judith Brachman. Funding is provided by the Columbus Medical Association Foundation, Cardinal Health and The Columbus Foundation.