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 […]

State lawmakers vote to make Ohio’s annual sales tax holiday permanent

Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a permanent sales tax holiday, sending the bill to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. Kasich signed bills for single-year tax-free weekends in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The three-day tax holiday will begin the first Friday of every August. Clothing and shoes priced at $75 or less and school supplies […]

Ohio Democrats push bill to increase minimum wage to $15

House and Senate Democrats are pushing a bill that would incrementally raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The proposal is all but dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, but the bill sponsors say they need to explore every path toward raising Ohio’s minimum wage from its current $8.30 an hour. “You’ve […]

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 […]

Payday lenders would face stricter rules under proposed constitutional amendment

Ohioans urging stricter rules for payday lenders took the first step Wednesday to put an interest rate cap and other reforms on the November ballot. Supporters say a constitutional amendment is necessary because the Ohio General Assembly has failed to act on similar reforms introduced last year. The proposed amendment would cap interest rates in […]

This is America Saves Week, Military Saves Week; Ohioans urged to “Investigate Before You Invest” to help prevent financial fraud

The Ohio Division of Securities is partnering with the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to urge Ohio investors to “investigate before you invest” to help prevent investment fraud as part of the America Saves Week campaign. The week of Feb. 26 through March 3 is dedicated to both America Saves Week and Military Saves […]

State offers insurance checklist for the New Year

The beginning of the new year is a great time to review your financial protection by evaluating your insurance coverage, said Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment. “Even if you haven’t experienced a life changing event, you may qualify for discounts or a different insurance product could better serve your needs,” Froment said. “Talk […]

PUCO reminds Ohioans that heating assistance is available

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) wants to remind Ohioans that assistance is available for those that have been disconnected or are threatened with disconnection from their heating source. The Winter Reconnect Order allows residential customers the opportunity to have their service restored or maintained by paying the amount due or $175, whichever is […]

Ohio’s minimum wage to increase 15 cents in 2018

Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on January 1, 2018, to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.15 per hour for tipped employees. The minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 per year. The current 2017 Ohio minimum wage is $8.15 per hour for […]

Attorney General offers gym membership tips ahead of the New Year

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offered advice for consumers who plan to join a gym or fitness center in the New Year. “This is a time when many people are thinking about joining a gym, and that can be a great way to get in shape. We just want consumers to understand what they’re signing […]