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Ohio Medicaid
6:17 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Key Difference in Dueling Medicaid Reform Plans

Senator Dave Burke
Andy Chow

Two Ohio lawmakers are stumping for their plans to revamp Medicaid. Both want to set measures that control the cost, but the disagree when it comes to the big issue of expansion.

As he unveils his plan to overhaul Medicaid, Senator Dave Burke points to a graph showing the program’s costs slowly engulfing the rest of state spending.

“I think one would have a hard time arguing that that’s a stable growth environment for Medicaid. It technically puts the entire system at risk as it nears what eventually could be 100% of the state budget” said Burke.

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Cincinnati politics
4:17 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Cincinnati leaders: end partial gov't shutdown

Some of Cincinnati's elected leaders are calling on national lawmakers to end the partial shutdown of the federal government. 

Mayor Mark Mallory said leaders need to end the conflict.  He said there are many examples of how the impasse is hurting the state's economy. 

Mallory said 7,500 people visit national parks in Ohio every day.

“So we’re in day 10 of this shutdown, 75,000 people have been turned away so far from national parks in the state of Ohio,” Mallory said.  “Resulting in a loss to our state economy of more than $2 million.”

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November election
3:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Hamilton County must change ballot language

UPDATE:

Ohio's top court says Hamilton County must amend its ballot language on a Cincinnati charter amendment ahead of the November election.

The Supreme Court Thursday ruled the county must include omitted sections of the proposed amendment to reform the city's employee pension program.  The group Cincinnati for Pension Reform put the issue on the ballot but objected to the modified language adopted by the Board of Elections.

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Dayton Children's Hospital
3:47 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Dayton Children's Hospital to expand

Credit Dayton Children's Hosptial

Dayton Children's Hospital is outlining plans for a major expansion.

The hospital is adding an 8-story, 260,000 square-foot patient tower in the center of its current Valley Street Campus.

Estimated at $140 million, the facility will focus on pediatric cancer patients and critically-ill newborns.

Construction could begin early next year and be complete sometime in 2017.

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Hamilton County Commission
3:44 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Hamilton County monitoring potential impact of shutdown

Hamilton County's administrator says he's keeping an eye on how the federal shutdown may affect county programs. Sigman was asked about the the issue during Wednesday's county commission meeting by Commissioner Todd Portune.

Christian Sigman says agencies did a good job of communicating what would happen with grant funding for programs like food assistance.

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