Brown, Thune Push Biden-Harris Administration to Adopt Bipartisan Plan to Improve Prior Authorization in Medicare Advantage Plans


Senators Push CMS to Make Changes to Prior Authorization to Reduce Administrative Burden for Providers, Protect Seniors from Unnecessary Delays in Access to Treatment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 28, 2021 – Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Thune (R-SD) led a bipartisan group of senators in requesting an update on the U.S.

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Knox County Sheriff’s Report – Oct 29, 2021

Knox County Sheriff’s Report – Oct 29, 2021
(Information courtesy of The Knox County Sheriff’s Office)

October 28
Deputies were dispatched in the area of East Main Street in Centerburg for a domestic violence.

A complainant called the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to report that a vehicle had struck a deer and they were requesting a deer slip for the deceased deer.… Read full story

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
410 AM EDT Fri Oct 29 2021

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Ashtabula Lakeshore-Northern Erie-Southern Erie-
410 AM EDT Fri Oct 29 2021

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for north central Ohio, northeast
Ohio, northwest Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.
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Governor Signs Executive Order to Enact Emergency Adoption of the Afterschool Child Enrichment Educational Savings Account Program

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today signed Executive Order 2021-15D allowing the emergency adoption of Rule 3301-107-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code by the Ohio Department of Education, implementing the afterschool child enrichment educational savings account program.

The program will provide up to $500 per year for children ages 6-18 from families with an income of less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.Read full story

Fall Colors Begin to Break Through Despite Rain and Wind Events

ODNR Fall Color Update – No. 5

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite rain and wind events over the past week, fall colors have officially arrived in the Buckeye State according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“It has really cooled off and colors are finally being noticed across the state with Near Peak and Peak conditions being seen throughout Ohio,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott.… Read full story

Internal Control Weaknesses Combined with an Antiquated System Allow for Massive $3.8 Billion in Unemployment Fraud and Overpayments


Columbus – Auditor of State Keith Faber’s Office released an audit of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) focused on fraud in Ohio’s unemployment system. Auditors noted changes to the federal requirements and a lack of controls led to vulnerabilities in the system allowing for over $475 million to be paid to criminals while another $3.3 billion in overpayments were made.… Read full story