A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 2 million Ohioans are at risk of losing their health insurance if the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act succeeds. People with pre-existing conditions are particularly vulnerable.

But Senator Sherrod Brown says that’s not all.  


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Northeast Ohio is facing a labor shortage. That’s according to a report from Team NEO analyzing supply and demand in Northeast Ohio’s labor Market.

Team NEO’s Vice President of Strategy and Research Jacob Duritsky said the demand for health care, nursing and manufacturing jobs outweighs the number of qualified people entering the workforce.

“In those key sectors of the economy, we aren’t pushing enough students out of our programs into those fields where really good opportunity exists,” Duritsky said.

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The Ohio Senate’s budget plan adds more money to the fund that helps children who are dealing with severe mental and developmental issues. But the changes include a policy shift that helps parents maintain custody of their children in the process.

The Senate heard the testimony of several parents who were forced to give up their kids to get state-paid treatment.

Senate Finance Chair Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) said their budget will change the rules to avoid child custody relinquishment.

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Heroin users in Ohio can have a harder time getting treatment when on Medicaid. Researchers from Harvard University posed as heroin users and called over 100 clinics throughout Ohio.

At a pediatric clinic in Kirksville, Mo., a young boy is waiting in an exam room to be vaccinated. A nurse explains the shots to his mother, and Lisette Chibanvunya translates.

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Ohioans who do not qualify for Medicaid may be receiving less health care than those who do.

A new study from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine found that middle to low income Ohioans who don’t qualify for Medicaid often can’t afford adequate health insurance.

The study’s senior author, Siran Koroukian, says people who cannot afford to visit the doctor may put it off – ultimately worsening their medical issues.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Talks Taxes, Healthcare

Feb 15, 2019
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Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, the subject of much speculation for the 2020 presidential election, took time to chat with WKSU about some of his priorities this week.  The issues included relief for the middle class and healthcare access.

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Legislation Brown is proposing would end the Trump administration’s tax cuts for higher-income Americans – because, Brown says, the tax policy just isn’t trickling down.

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People suffering from addiction have a new online tool that can help them find the treatment they need right away.

The website, called DrugHelp.Care, is updated daily by healthcare providers with how many treatment beds are available.

One of the site's creators who is an associate professor at Cleveland State University, Patty Stoddard-Dare, says the site is already making a huge difference in how patients receive the care they need.

Lt. Gov. Candidate Sutton Visits Her Alma Mater

Oct 31, 2018
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The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor made a stop at Kent State University Wednesday to talk about healthcare, women’s rights and student debt.

Betty Sutton, who graduated from the university, held a meet and greet for students and community members. Sutton said her campaign will stand up for students when it comes to dealing with the growing problem of student debt.

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Donald Trump won Ohio’s 14th Congressional District by 11 points in 2016, which is one reason why the Republican-leaning district should not be “in play” this year. But it is.


David Cohen of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron says Ohio is gerrymandered in a way that favors Republicans, who control 12 of the 16 congressional districts. Yet, he says the northeast corner of Ohio is not a lock for the GOP.

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Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown hasn’t decided whether he will vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee for VA  secretary. The Ohio Democrat sits on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee, which could hold hearings on Dr. Ronny Jackson’s nomination as early as next week. Brown met with Jackson Tuesday to discuss attempts to privatize health care for veterans. 

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A Democratic lawmaker is pushing for more hearings on her bill that would guarantee insurance coverage on emergency room visits. The representative says picking and choosing what to pay for creates dangerous situations. 

Rep. Alicia Reece says Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is rolling back what it covers for ER visits. She says that gets people second guessing symptoms.

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Community health center representatives from across Ohio were on Capitol Hill Tuesday asking Congress to renew the Health Centers Fund. It covers 70 percent of their federal funding, which expired at the end of September.

Asian Services in Action has started planning for cuts if its federal funding runs out this month. The group runs two community health centers in Cleveland and Akron. They provide care for Ohioans on Medicaid and those without insurance.

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Note:  This story was originally published before the vote by the Massillon City Council on the Affinity Hospital agreement.  It was subesquently updated to include the outcome of that vote.

Massillon City Council  met in special session Thursday night to approve a settlement in the dispute over Affinity Medical Center’s closing.   By unanimous vote, it said yes to the deal.


The GOP tax plan isn't done yet, but tax-policy experts are already predicting benefits for Ohio manufacturers.

Economists always hedge a little when it comes to predicting the future. 

Mark Sniderman is a former policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. What he is willing to say is, “I see some benefits from the tax reform over the next couple of years, but then I see those benefits kind of gradually fading out."

Bernie Sanders Rallies Opponents of GOP Tax Plan in Akron

Dec 3, 2017
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Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made two stops in Ohio over the weekend as part of his "Protecting Working Families Tour" to condemn the GOP tax plan that passed the Senate early Saturday morning.

Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner addressed a crowd in downtown Akron Saturday night before Bernie Sanders took the stage. That followed another joint appearance in Dayton and a livestream address by Sanders to a crowd in Louisville, Ky.

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A new study finds significant disparities between the rich and poor in Cuyahoga County.

The Center for Community Solutions, a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, looked at data on demographics, education, housing, poverty, health and employment in Cuyahoga County Council’s 11 districts.

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Ohio congressman Tim Ryan is joining a bipartisan effort to address the problem of food deserts.

The Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act would set up a system of tax credits and grants for businesses providing healthy food options to low-income urban and rural areas.

Ryan says food deserts have a big impact on health, and that has a big impact on the economy.

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BioEnterprise is welcoming one of the first new tenants to Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation since becoming its strategic planner recently.

Pittsburgh-based MedRespond develops interactive online programs that guide patients through a range of options from recovering from surgery to paying for their procedures.


With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act starting Wednesday, Ohio health advocates are trying to get people ready. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, they’re facing a lot of confusion over subsidies, a much shorter signup period and a government web site that promises to shut down for maintenance during key periods of that sign-up window.


The state is redesigning the way mental health and addiction services are covered under health-care plans. Those services are critical in fighting the deadly opioid crisis. That means a lot of testing is needed before implementing the new system.

The Behavioral Health Redesign intends to bring these services up to national standards and expand access. But it involves compensating those services through a different coding system, which could mean delays in payment.

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One of the Republican candidates for governor, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, unveiled a set of proposals for health care in Ohio today. Taylor prefers a system that’s gaining popularity among the GOP.

Taylor wants to switch to a direct primary-care system. Regular doctor visits would be covered by a monthly membership, through which patients pay a flat monthly fee to a doctor or company who provides the routine services. Insurance plans would be designated primarily for catastrophic coverage.

Taylor says direct primary care is already proven in some states where it’s being tried.

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The former Ohioan who was heading the federal Health and Human Services Department when the Affordable Care Act launched in 2010 is touring the country talking about it.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is the daughter of the late Gov. John Gilligan. She’s also a Democratic former governor herself, of Kansas. So Sebelius likes the idea of Ohio’s Republican governor.

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The newest version of the U.S. Senate’s plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is creating a rift between the vice president and Gov. John Kasich. The state’s Republican senator may be caught in the middle.

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Just hours before the US Senate announced its health insurance bill would be delayed, Gov. John Kasich was speaking out about funding for Medicaid with another governor – a Democrat.