Ohio

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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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Karen Kasler / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A new report from a group representing 15 health insurers operating in Ohio says managed-care is saving Medicaid a lot of money. Miranda Motter is the CEO of the Ohio Association of Health Plans. She says the report looked at costs from 2013 to 2015, and compared managed-care costs versus what would have been paid out under traditional fee-for-service plans.

“When you look at that two-year period of time, the savings was about $2.5 to $3.2 billion in lower costs.

Merle Johnson
RICK SENFTEN / WKSU

  Every four years, down-ballot candidates in Ohio struggle to be heard above the noise of the presidential campaign in a key swing state. And this year, they say the struggle is harder than ever. From member station WKSU, M.L. Schultze followed the efforts by local candidates to stand out.

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EVE MORGENSTERN

The story of a small town along the Ohio River being bought out by a large electric utility is now being told on the big screen. The documentary examines the buyout and the residents effected by pollution. 

The film is titled “Cheshire, Ohio” and it explores what’s happened to the small Appalachian town more than 10 years after the $20 million AEP buyout.

Most of the residents decided to move because of the air pollution problems created by the nearby coal plant.

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OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

The Ohio Legislature has passed a bill that’s designed to help the state’s agritourism industry.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Brandon Kern says Ohio is full of agritourism opportunities.

“Your fall fest, your corn mazes, your you-pick operations, anything that’s bringing in the public on to the farm to experience agriculture in a direct way,” Kern said.

Kern says more than $2 million was spent on agritourism in 2012.

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