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 […]

Bill would provide tax credit, recognition for still births in Ohio

Heather Johnston Welliver told lawmakers Tuesday morning she had just six hours in 2014 with her daughter Lydia, who was stillborn, to read to her, kiss her and tell her how much she loves her. Then came the cremation and memorial service, the hospital bills and the grief counseling she needed after the painful and […]

CDC reports shows opioid overdoses spiked 28 percent in Ohio last year

Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses spiked 30 percent nationwide from July 2016 through September 2017 with the most severe problems experienced in the Midwest, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday. The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in Wisconsin, […]

National School Breakfast Week encourages students to “Heart” breakfast

Well-nourished students have well-nourished minds. Starting the school day with a nutritious breakfast is a healthy way to help students focus and concentrate on schoolwork. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available to them, the Ohio Department of Education is promoting National School Breakfast Week. “National School Breakfast Week provides […]

Bill would prohibit Anthem, other insurers from denying some ER claims

As promised, a Cincinnati Democrat introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would prohibit insurance companies from denying paying for some of their policyholders’ emergency room claims. House Bill 536 attempts to halt a new rule by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield that went into effect at the beginning of the year, in which […]

Major health insurer stops paying for some emergency room visits

One of Ohio’s largest insurers is denying payment for emergency room claims when it determines policyholders didn’t need emergency care. The Ohio Hospital Association and state lawmakers are working to combat Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s new practice, which could leave Ohio policyholders with thousands of dollars in ER bills, according to Thursday morning’s Capitol […]

Medical marijuana process may be “paused” following licensing issues

In an about-face, state regulators now say they are open to pausing the ongoing effort to set up Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, in light of concerns raised by Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and others. State Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams in a Thursday letter to Yost referred to errors a state employee made in scoring […]

Ohio Supreme Court rules State can shut down abortion clinic in Toledo

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state order to close Toledo’s only abortion clinic for failing to follow state law, and rejected a challenge from Cleveland’s Preterm clinic over the same law. The court ruled 5-2 to overturn lower court rulings that said state restrictions on abortion clinics were unconstitutional, but the court […]

Marion County Park District named 2017 Community Public Health Champion

Marion Public Health and the Board of Health recognized the Marion County Park District as the 2017 Community Public Health Champion during the Marion County Commissioners meeting on January 18, 2018. The Marion County Park District was selected because of their dedication to creating an environment that promotes an opportunity for all Marion County residents […]

Residents urged to test homes for radon

Soil in central Ohio can have high levels of radon gas. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and it can seep into homes. To help protect residents, Marion Public Health offers homeowners free test kits. These easy-to-use home test kits are available at www.marionpublichealth.org/radon. “Winter […]