Andy Chow

Statehouse Reporter

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

 

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission's Fellowship program as a production assistant for "The Ohio Channel."

 

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

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CONNOR PERRETT

Gov. John Kasich has been gaining national attention for criticizing the health-care proposal coming from Congressional Republicans, especially when it comes to cutting Medicaid coverage. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, Kasich says there’s not much he and other state leaders could do if those cuts happen.

The health-care cuts proposed by Republican U.S. House leaders and backed by President Donald Trump would eventually terminate Medicaid expansion and change the way tax credits are doled out.

Many businesses around the state could soon be getting a big rebate from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

More than 200,000 employers might get rebates from the BWC totaling more than $1 billion. According to the bureau, most rebates will be about 66 percent of what the employer paid in workers’ compensation premiums last year.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof of Medina believes this rebate on top of declining workers’ compensation  costs are making the state more attractive to businesses.

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Valeri Potapova/Shutterstock / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

While Republicans fight amongst themselves and with Democrats to pass a new federal health-care law, state senators are pushing their own plan in Ohio. 

Democratic Sen. Mike Skindell of Lakewood wants Ohio to switch to a single payer, universal health-care system. He says this makes health care more reliable and affordable.

Skindell, who’s part of a super minority in the Senate, understands the odds against a bill like this but says he’ll keep pursuing it because, as he puts it, the current health care system in the U.S. is going to self-destruct.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio is collaborating with public- and private-sector groups in a new effort to tackle cyber threats. 

U.S. Air Force Major Gen. Mark Bartman has spent decades protecting the nation from assaults. But most of the newest attacks, he says, "are happening via the Internet, via the cyber world and via people’s keyboards from wherever they happen to be.”

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

House Democrats are taking a proposal from Gov. John Kasich and throwing it back at him with a bill requiring him to spend a week with local schools. 

Democratic Rep. Kent Smith of Euclid accuses Kasich of having a blind spot to local communities. That’s why he and fellow Democrats are proposing that Kasich spend 40 hours shadowing school employees.

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