Feds turn down Ohio request for exemption from individual mandate

The federal government has turned down Ohio’s request to nix Obamacare’s individual mandate, saying the Department of Insurance didn’t provide necessary information in its application. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a Thursday letter to Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment, said Ohio needs to provide a state plan that “among […]

Judges decline to halt Ohio medical marijuana implementation

A pair of Franklin County judges ruled this week against stopping Ohio’s medical marijuana program, siding with state regulators and patients who said any further delay in the program would prevent sick people from getting their medicine. Unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana wanted the court to pause the program while state regulators consider their […]

Federal appeals court: Ohio effort to defund Planned Parenthood unconstitutional

A panel of three federal appeals court judges ruled Wednesday that Ohio lawmakers passed an unconstitutional law that sought to defund Planned Parenthood and keep the organization from receiving public money to pay for non-abortion-related health care programs for the poor. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the second court to strike down […]

Council on Aging offering free memory screening

The Marion County Council on Aging is sponsoring a free Memory Screening Day on Thursday, April 19, 2018 beginning at 9:00am. Council on Aging staff will be administering a mini-memory exam which consists of a series of questions and tasks designed to gauge thinking, language, and memory skills. While this 30 point screening tool is […]

New rule removes “gag orders” keeping Ohio pharmacies from offering lower cost prescriptions

Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment today issued a bulletin requiring heightened protections for Ohio consumers related to prescription drug prices. As consumers face rising health care costs, the bulletin provides Ohioans with better information that could help them save money on prescription drugs. “Consumers have a right to better understand the cost of […]

2018 flu season hanging on longer as B strain starts to take hold

A typical flu season usually lasts about six weeks and ends in March, but this season so far has seen 16 weeks of widespread flu in Ohio, said Dr. Jennifer Hanrahan, medical director for infection prevention at MetroHealth Medical Center. “We still have positive tests (for flu) every day,” she said. “I don’t remember another […]

Marion Public Health receives additional grant funds toward improving health outcomes

Marion Public Health (MPH) recently secured a grant in the amount of $16,250 as an extension of a previous grant from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. MPH will be collaborating with the Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) to continue work toward improving health outcomes of Marion residents including those living with […]

Department of Aging, area pharmacies partner to help older Ohioans prevent falls

Certain types of medications and drug combinations can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion, and could contribute to a life-changing fall in older adults. The Ohio Department of Aging, through its STEADY U Ohio falls prevention initiative, is partnering with the Ohio Pharmacists Association and pharmacies around the state during the first week of April to […]

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to ban abortion outright, force Supreme Court review

Two Republican Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill that would outright ban abortion in Ohio, legislation that some abortion opponents hope will push a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court to review past decisions legalizing abortion. House Bill 565 would ban all abortions at all stages of pregnancy, even in cases of rape, incest or when […]

Judge blocks Ohio’s Down syndrome abortion ban

Ohio’s new Down syndrome abortion ban is on hold after a federal judge in Cincinnati sided with abortion providers who claimed the ban was unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the new law from going into effect next week while the case continues. Black wrote in a 22-page […]