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Ohio Medicaid ditches PBMs

Columbus Dispatch reporters Cathy Candisky, Lucas Sullivan, and Marty Schladen discuss the breaking news regarding Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Medicaid. We further talk about how the Ohio Department of Medicaid is ordering the termination of contracts with pharmacy middleman that use "spread pricing," putting an end to a practice that has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions. Finally, we talk about how Medicaid officials directed the state's five managed care plans to move to a more...


How rebates raise your drug costs

Columbus Dispatch reporters Lucas Sullivan and Cathy Candisky recap what the definition of spread pricing is and how it plays a role in Pharmacy Benefit Mangers. Next we discuss how rebates demanded by pharmacy middleman from drug manufacturers are driving up the cost Americans pay for prescription drugs by billions of dollars. Finally, we provide some of the numbers regarding rebates that we found out during our investigative reporting.


Supreme Court says ENOT

Columbus Dispatch political reports Jim Siegel and Cathy Candisky talk about how the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled against ECOT earlier this week. We further discuss what came from 4-2 ruling against ECOT, and mention some issues that are still lingering. Finally, we talk about where former ECOT students have gone since the school’s closing in January. Ohio Supreme Court backs state action, rules 4-2 against ECOT


What you lose when you lose your neighborhood pharmacy

Dispatch political reporters Marty Schladen and Cathy Candisky discuss local pharmacists and the impact that pharmacy benefit managers have had on them. We further talk about Clinton County resident Robert Kratzer's pharmacy business and the struggles that he has faced over the past couple of years.


PBM entanglements

A look at several potential conflicts between members of the Kasich administration alongside some strangely friendly treatment the company's received at their erstwhile government overseers.


Keeping cancer patients from their medicine

Dispatch political reporter Marty Schladen speaks with pharmacy manager Josh Cox on how pharmacy benefit managers might be keeping cancer patients from their medicine. We further discuss the process of what happens when a cancer patient comes to see Josh, and how much some of these medicines can cost. Finally, we explain what a pharmacy benefit manager is, and what struggles cancer patients face when working with PBMS.


Who decides what you’re paying for drugs

Dispatch political reporters Cathy Candisky and Marty Schladen discuss what pharmacy-benefit managers are and how we learned about this topic. Next we talk about what the price reimbursement rates are for pharmacies and how this plays a role with CVS Caremark. Finally we mention how Medicaid is involved with this issue and what Ohio lawmakers are attempting to do about it.


DeWine; ‘we’re going to win’

Public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and Randy Ludlow speak with gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine regarding his run to become Ohio’s next governor. We discuss his current campaign and what DeWine thinks his chances of winning are. Next we talk about his campaign attack ads with Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, and talk about the nation’s drug epidemic. Finally we talk about DeWine’s thoughts on medicaid, education in the state of Ohio, and employment opportunities.


Tom Steyer on impeaching Trump

Public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and Randy Ludlow speak with Tom Steyer on his “Need to Impeach” campaign. His series of national town-hall events demanding President Donald Trump’s impeachment was kicked off in Columbus Thursday night before a crowd of more than 100 people. We further discuss what this campaign is trying to accomplish, and recap Steyer’s recent stop in Columbus. Finally, we talk about Tom’s thoughts on the Russian hacking and the influence it had on the most recent...


Sunshine Week: Your right to know

Dispatch Editor Alan Miller and senior public affairs reporter Randy Ludlow discuss tips for gaining access to public records and talk about how you can best fashion your request to increase your chances of landing the information you seek. Furthermore we mention the importance of public records and explain how these records are vital to the reporting done here at the Columbus Dispatch. Finally, we discuss how we can leverage public records and explain the appeal process through the Ohio...


Political outsider aims for the Senate

Public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and reporter Marty Schladen speak with U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons on why he’s the best choice to be nominated. We further discuss what role Gibbons played in helping Donald Trump to get elected. Finally, we discuss his financial background and his own business that is an opioid treatment facility.


Ohio Democrats fight back in steel country

At 23, Frankie DiCarlantonio is the youngest county party chairman in Ohio. And as a Democrat in Jackson County, he's working to rebuild a party with younger faces in an economically struggling area that in 2016 turned to Trump. On the Buckeye Forum politics podcast we discuss the challenges.


Ohio’s gun conundrum

Dispatch political reports Jim Siegel and Randy Ludlow discuss gun policy is Ohio, how Governor John Kasich has recently shifted his stance on guns, and talk about the private party Kasich has been regularly meeting with on this topic. We further mention the current gun laws in place, talk about bills that are about to be rolled out soon, and the issue of guns, security in schools.


Interview | Joe Schiavoni is running for governor

Public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and reporter Marty Schladen talk with gubernatorial candidate Joe Schiavoni on what makes him a great candidate to potentially become Ohio’s governor. We further discuss gun safety, what could be done to change gun laws, and his proposed ban on assault style weapons. Next we talk about where Schiavoni would get funding for his potential revitalization projects, discuss the opioid crisis, and the medical, recreational use of marijuana.


A discussion with gubernatorial candidate William O’Neill

Public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and reporter Marty Schladen speak with gubernatorial candidate Bill O’Neill on his explanation of his recent controversial Facebook post, his thoughts on the legalization of marijuana in Ohio, and his stance on football players taking a knee during the national anthem. Next we talk about how O’Neill stands out from the other democrats running for governor, explain why he didn’t drop out of the race after Crodray entered, and discuss his policy on...


Ohio congressional redistricting plan

Dispatch political reporter Jim Siegel discusses the congressional redistricting plan in Ohio, talks about the map and districts that are in place now and finally discusses the deal reached to put a bipartisan plan on the ballot to new create maps.


Interview | Richard Cordray is running for governor

Public affairs editor Darrel Rowland and reporter Marty Schladen speak with gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray on what makes him the most qualified candidate to become Ohio’s Governor. During this interview we talk about what makes the Cordray-Sutton ticket stand out to the voters in Ohio, and get his stance on the legalization of marijuana, the opioid crisis, and education specifically regarding charter schools.


A season of scandal

Dispatch Public Affairs reporter Marty Schladen interviews Joe Jaworski, grandson of former Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski. They discuss the scandal and whether it echoes down to today.


The politics of ECOT

Dispatch political reporters Jim Siegel and Cathy Candisky recap the recent news of ECOT closing and talk about where students have gone since the closure. Next we discuss what politicians are saying about the schools closure and who has financially supported ECOT in the past. Finally we mention how ECOT has wasted tax payers dollars, and talk about what can be done to recover the funding that the school is expected to pay back.


Recap of Trump’s Sate of the Union speech

Washington D.C. bureau reporters Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman breakdown President Donald Trump’s recent State of the Union speech, and their thoughts on it. We further discuss the topics addressed in this speech and the meaning behind them. Finally we talk about the latest tax reform plan and the details of what that entails.