Health, Science & Environment

Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran says former Gov. of Ohio John Kasich created big problems the agency is facing.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

A recent survey finds that Ohio's Medicaid program, which provides health insurance for more than 2.8 million low-income residents, still doesn’t work for everyone.

Signs on the catwalk of the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus on May 6, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Franklin County is the first county to reach a "purple" level on the state's color-coded COVID-19 warning map, and Gov. Mike DeWine says that's having an impact on local hospitals.

John Case standing in his front yard.
Nick Evans

In northern Union County, a Spanish renewable energy company called Acciona is cobbling together thousands of acres of farmland to build a new solar array. The company says the development will bring jobs and local tax revenue, but many residents aren’t exactly laying out the welcome mat.  

Starting Tuesday, oil and gas companies can pick which parts of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge they're interested in drilling. It's the latest push by the Trump administration to auction off development rights in the pristine landscape before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Urgent care at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, on March 31, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Nationwide Children's Hospital will start admitting young adults if other Columbus-area hospitals reach capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this May 20, 2005, file photo, plumes of steam drift from a cooling tower of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant along Lake Erie in North Perry, Ohio.
Mark Duncan / Associated Press

There are only a few weeks until Ohio's controversial nuclear bailout law is set to add new charges to residents' electric bills. With no repeal yet of HB6, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a second lawsuit seeking to stop those rate increases.

Coronavirus cases are surging across the U.S., prompting many state and local leaders to impose new restrictions. But some experts say these efforts may be too little, too late — like a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.

When it comes to worries about high health care costs, having health insurance doesn't necessarily spare you, according to a study recently published in JAMA.

Despite the gains in insurance coverage brought by the Affordable Care Act, high health care costs continue to plague many Americans, researchers found. Around 11 million Americans experienced "catastrophic medical expenses" in 2017, the last year the study covered — and privately insured people represented more than half of those.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Akron-based FirstEnergy is at the center of a bribery scandal that has rocked Ohio politics as well as the company’s front office.

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The Supreme Court, with a newly constituted and far more conservative majority, took another look at Obamacare on Tuesday. But at the end of the day, even with three Trump appointees, the Affordable Care Act looked as though it may well survive.

To many, it may have seemed like déjà vu.

Obamacare is back before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with opponents challenging it for a third time. The first attempts to derail the law failed in the high court by votes of 5-to-4 and 6-to-3. But the makeup of the court is very different now, with three justices appointed by President Trump – among them new Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

Before her nomination, Barrett consistently criticized the court's two previous decisions, a critique that Senate Democrats repeatedly bludgeoned her with at her confirmation hearings.

Pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine and receive FDA approval. In the meantime, states are finalizing plans to distribute the vaccine — and overcome potential challenges. 

A room inside Columbus' new homeless respite center.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

When people experiencing homelessness go to the hospital for an infection or a surgery, they often can’t be discharged because they don’t have a safe place to recover.

Global environmental groups, climate change advocates and other officials had sharp words for the United States after the nation officially left the Paris climate accord on Wednesday.

Of the original 200 signatories to the Paris Agreement, the U.S. is the only country to have abandoned the deal. The goal of the accord was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally. The U.S. has emitted more cumulative carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other country since the industrial era began in the mid-1800s.

The United States will formally leave the Paris Agreement on Wednesday, no matter who wins the election. Of the nearly 200 nations that signed the agreement, the U.S. is the only one to walk away from its promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

President Trump originally announced his intention to withdraw from the landmark agreement in 2017 and formally notified the United Nations last year. A mandatory yearlong waiting period ends on Wednesday, a coincidence that nonetheless highlights the Trump administration's commitment to derailing efforts that address climate change.