Ohioans can sign up online for Medicaid program
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Low-income Ohioans can start signing up for Medicaid coverage online, along with those who are newly eligible under an expansion of the health program.

The online enrollment option being launched Monday is part of a new state system. Residents also can learn about what type of health coverage could be available to them through the new website, www.benefits.ohio.gov .

Ohioans who are newly eligible for Medicaid under an expansion of the program can apply for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) administration got approval in October to extend Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — or $15,856 for an individual.

Roughly 366,000 Ohioans would be newly eligible under the extension beginning next year.

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Dancer with Down syndrome a gift to grandmother
Written by ADAM KIEFABER, The Cincinnati Enquirer   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 07:18

CINCINNATI (AP) — Numerous medical problems have affected Joan Hurd's ability to talk and recognize her own family for the last 12 years.

It has not, however, affected her love for her grandson, Mathew, who was born with Down syndrome.

After being heavily sedated for seven days from a seizure she suffered on Oct. 7, the 85-year-old complained to nurses that she wasn't being allowed to see "him."

It took some time before the nurses and her daughter realized who "him" was.

And it wasn't so much that Hurd wanted to see him.

Ohio mother pleads guilty to charge in son's death
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 07:12

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The mother of a slain Ohio toddler has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of permitting child abuse in the boy's 2012 death.

The Sandusky Register reports (http://bit.ly/1iK8XJA ) 23-year-old Danielle Flannery faces a $20,000 fine and up to 11 years in prison.

Flannery's 3-year-old son died on July 30, 2012, while in the care of her then-boyfriend, 25-year-old Michael Milner.

Ohio auction features items from Nancy Drew author
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 07:15

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Typewriters and a desk from the home of an author who brought a young sleuth named Nancy Drew to life are going up for auction.

A lifetime of keepsakes, including autographed posters and writing awards, belonging to Mildred Wirt Benson are to be sold at an auction Sunday in Toledo, where she was a newspaper reporter and columnist for nearly 60 years before her death a decade ago.

Benson wrote more than 130 books, including the 1940s Penny Parker mystery series, but she is best known for the Nancy Drew books that inspired and captivated generations of girls.

Ohio panel picks finalists for 24 education grants
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 07:39

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state panel has picked more than 150 schools and educational entities in Ohio as finalists for grants from a new innovation fund established by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

The Ohio Department of Education says 24 grants totaling nearly $89 million were recommended Friday by the Straight A Fund Governing Board. The board's selections must be approved by the state Controlling Board, which meets Dec. 16.

About 420 organizations submitted 570 applications for the "Straight A Fund" grants. The winning ideas had to significantly boost student achievement, reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom.

The $250 million fund was created in the state budget signed this summer. A new round of grant funding will be held next year.



List of finalists: http://1.usa.gov/1gdkRK2

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