Alzheimer’s Association to speak at September Caregiver Connections

Michelle Crum, with the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, will be the guest speaker for the September meeting of Caregiver Connections. Ms. Crum will speak about stress and coping techniques related to caregivers. She will also give a brief over-view of her agency and the many services available. Caregiver Connections is a quarterly meeting sponsored […]

Women’s health and wellness is subject of September WBC meeting

Set for Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11:30 a.m., Dr. Coleen Denton (Prater) is back by popular demand as the featured speaker and will again focus on the unique aspects of women’s health and wellness. This time, she’ll be bringing her husband and colleague, Dr. Tim Prater, to help cover the top topics chosen by […]

State cancels $1 billion medicaid cut to Ohio hospitals

The state has canceled a planned $1.1 billion Ohio Medicaid cut to hospitals, saying an uptick in the economy and reshuffling money in the health care program has prevented the reduction. The cut would have represented 5 percent of what Ohio Medicaid pays hospitals to treat some 3 million program recipients who qualify based on […]

Marion Market offers incentive perks to SNAP users

Fresh, healthy produce is now more affordable in Marion, Ohio for people shopping with SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps). Marion Ohio Market is participating in the Produce Perks program, which provides a dollar for dollar match to SNAP customers to spend on fruits and vegetables. The program helps our communities members using federal benefits […]

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 […]