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(StatePoint) Many Americans are feeling the effects of job loss and furloughs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For people with a chronic condition, loss of insurance coverage can create additional stress during this uncertain time. However, it’s vitally important for them to stay adherent to their medication to maintain their health and to reduce their risk of complications from COVID-19.

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529s can pay for online classes

With the reconfiguration of the college experience during COVID, higher education institutions are maintaining in-person classes, going online-only, or a creating a hybrid schedule of both options.

Date Published: December 3, 2020

Report: Ohio’s Medicaid eligibility determination process

Auditor of State Keith Faber’s office recently released a report that examines the Ohio Department of Medicaid eligibility determination process. Auditors looked at compliance with select requirements, barriers in the enrollment process, risk for inaccurate eligibility determinations, and payments in correlation with eligibility. The audit found significant errors including ineligible payments across the Medicaid system. Correcting these deficiencies and avoiding erroneous payments in the 27 participating counties could result in nearly $500 million in savings and potentially more statewide.

Date Published: December 3, 2020

Tax season 2020 will look different: Here's how to prepare

(BPT) It's no secret that 2020 has been a tumultuous year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans found themselves out of work - at least temporarily - and received unemployment benefits. Others may have experienced employment changes, like working from home or taking on multiple jobs. All of these factors will have even more of an impact come time to file income taxes on tax day, April 15, 2021.

Date Published: December 3, 2020

1,027 Ohio attorneys served as poll workers as part of Lawyers for Liberty

Even ahead of the onset of COVID-19, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose was focused on recruiting new poll workers for the 2020 elections. Beginning with a Working Group of select leaders from county boards of elections, plans were put in place early in 2019 to provide innovative and intensive efforts to ensure polling locations were fully staffed on election day. With the dangers of COVID-19, these efforts became exponentially more important.

Date Published: December 2, 2020

Northwest Ohio communities receive $7 million in financing from Ohio EPA  for infrastructure improvements 

Communities in Northwest Ohio are receiving nearly $7 million in low-interest rate funding from Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water quality improvements. The loans were approved between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. The lower interest rates and principal forgiveness will save these communities more than $1.58 million.

Date Published: December 2, 2020

Former police officer convicted for workers’ comp fraud

A retired police officer for the city of Canton pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud recently after the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) discovered him working two jobs while claiming to be permanently disabled.

Date Published: December 1, 2020

Steps everyone can take to help prevent a ‘twindemic’

(StatePoint) In the 2019-2020 flu season, influenza caused up to 22,000 deaths in the U.S. This year, with so many medical resources being used to care for COVID-19 patients, it’s especially important to protect yourself from the flu.

Date Published: December 1, 2020

Young hunters gain invaluable experience during youth weekend

Ohio’s young hunters checked 5,795 white-tailed deer during the 2020 two-day youth gun season on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. All of Ohio’s youth hunting opportunities are available to anyone who is 17 years old or younger during the season dates.

Date Published: December 1, 2020

Kindergartner bullying case: Toledo educators cannot be sued

Toledo educators did not act with a “perverse disregard of a known risk” when one kindergartner allegedly punctured the face of another with a pencil, and the injured child’s parents cannot sue the staff for failing to address alleged bullying, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.

Date Published: November 30, 2020

OSU study finds birds reproduce better in warm, urban areas

When Ohio State University researchers wanted to evaluate the effects of growing cities on central Ohio wildlife, they set their sights on tree swallows — a species which has benefited from urban dwelling with some risks.

Date Published: November 30, 2020

AG Yost announces $113 million settlement with Apple over iPhone throttling

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, along with a coalition of over 30 other attorneys general, announced a $113 million settlement with Apple, Inc. regarding Apple’s 2016 decision to throttle consumers’ iPhone speeds in order to address unexpected shutdowns in some iPhones.

Date Published: November 27, 2020

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, stop the spread of flu

(StatePoint) Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hospitals and health care workers already overburdened, medical experts say it’s more important than ever to slow the spread of the flu. In a typical year, the flu causes tens of millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S.

Date Published: November 27, 2020