Today there are more than 120,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

  We continue our look at organ donations in the United States, as we discuss the growing use of tissue and cornea transplants. More than 47,000 corneas were transplanted in 2013, and more than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year.

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A non-profit agency that helps low-income people get health care and providers get paid is getting a financial boost.

CEO Judith Warren says Health Care Access Now will use a $600,000 grant from the Deaconess Associations Foundation to add staff and expand services. "We're looking to serve an additional 4,500 people," says Warren. The agency currently serves about 1,800 people per year.

Hospice Care

Dec 10, 2013

  Many hear the word “hospice” and picture a place where people go to die. But hospice is not a place, it’s a philosophy of caring for terminally ill patients with compassion, support and symptom management, so they may face the end of life with dignity, and in as much comfort as possible.

Like the rest of the country, Ohio and Kentucky are rolling out their health exchange programs as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Ohio is going with the federal program while Kentucky is running its own marketplace.

Natalie Gordon of Elsmere is excited about the new program. She has ventricular septal defect (VSD), a heart condition that requires regular cardiologist visits. Despite having a job, Gordon says she's either been unable to afford health insurance in the past or has been turned down because of her condition.

Under the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment for health insurance begins on October 1, and most Americans will be required to have health insurance by January or pay a penalty.

    Ohio Governor john Kasich wants to expand the state’s Medicaid program, but is getting push-back from conservative Republicans in the General Assembly. Kasich, Ohio Democratic legislators and other proponents of Medicaid expansion say it will save the state money and insure more Ohioans, but opponents claim it will cause Ohio to lose jobs and increase the state’s cost to cover health care.

UC College of Medicine

How are medical professionals using music as part of patient treatment? Dr. Glen Solomon, event organizer, joins Mark Perzel to discuss the Fourth Annual Music and Medicine Symposium, this year focusing on “Professionalism in Music and Medicine”, to be held September 11-12 at Wright State University near Dayton.