Couple indicted in cemetery scam

A Delaware County grand jury has indicted a Ravenna couple on charges of fraud related to cemetery services that were never delivered. The 54-count indictment filed Friday against Theodore Martin, 53, and Arminda Martin, 46, came after multiple victims complained last year about paying for grave markers, plots and vaults at Fairview Memorial Park in Lewis Center but never receiving services, said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien.

Source: Couple indicted in cemetery scam

Portman’s office weeds out Democrats from attending his political speech

Katie Finneran called off from work Wednesday evening so she could drive two hours north of Ohio State University to hear Sen. Rob Portman speak at a Lincoln Day Dinner, sponsored by the Seneca County Republican Party. Finneran, a 25-year-old environmental policy major, identifies as a member of the Green Party. But, partisan politics aside, she paid $30 to see her Republican senator, after calling his office repeatedly and always hearing that the line was full. Unfortunately, the morning of

Source: Portman’s office weeds out Democrats from attending his political speech

Archibald M. Willard – There is Always Something New to Learn about this talented artist and his paintings. A good place to start learning is at the “Spirit of ’76” Museum in Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio

Sharing from Cleveland.com a story and short video about the “Spirit of ’76” Museum located in historic downtown Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio.  

It is personally heartwarming to read new articles written about this small but floor-to-ceiling, history-filled, southern Lorain County museum that largely focuses its collection on the life and art of native Ohioan, Archibald McNeal Willard, whose “Spirit of ’76” painting brought this once obscure artist noteworthy fame from near and far alike at the time of its public unveiling in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia that has endured into the 21st Century.

In 1999, I was asked by the Fayette County (Ohio) Genealogical Society to compile an account, a short biographical story, about Archibald M. Willard, who was at one point the mystery artist of the large murals inside the court house in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio.  One of the first places I visited was the “Spirit of ’76” Museum in Wellington.  I  highly recommend it to be your starting point as well if you wish to learn more about Archibald M. Willard and the artistic legacy he left us to admire and enjoy today.  Thanking all who have preserved his works!  

 

Kasich urged to fight Obamacare repeal | The Columbus Dispatch

Warning that nearly 1 million Ohioans could lose health coverage, advocates for the poor and disabled urged Gov. John Kasich to oppose a plan by congressional Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump to repeal Obamacare unless they have a replacement.

Source: Kasich urged to fight Obamacare repeal | The Columbus Dispatch

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My thoughts:

I received a memo from my congressman, David Joyce, yesterday.  Look to what Paul Ryan is pushing; something entitled “A Better Way”

http://abetterway.speaker.gov/?page=health-care

Now, HSAs, health savings accounts, are not going to be helpful for those who have low incomes or little to no incomes. 

Also, currently mammograms, colonoscopies, and prostate screenings are fully covered under insurance plans; I don’t believe that benefit will continue under their “Better Way” plan.

Also, subsidies that are currently in place; I didn’t see that in their plan. 

There are reports of going back to the state run high risk pools where historically there have not been subsidies.

Ohio never could set up their own high risk pool. Check out the reports on that from 2005 when Ann Womer Benjamin was the Director of the Dept. of Insurance and it was discussed where it was stated in a September 26, 2005 report:

“State Sen. Lynn Wachtmann the goal is not to deal with the “masses of uninsured.”

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2005/09/26/60166.htm

There is more to consider beyond the guarantee that a person cannot be rejected for getting health insurance due to having pre-existing health conditions.  What about their monthly premiums?  Will their pre-existing conditions work against them to determine what those monthly premiums will be? 

And, then there are the lifetime caps that insurance plans had in place before the ACA was implemented that were eliminated under the ACA.

Folks need to look at all of the individual benefits currently in place in the ACA (AKA Obamacare — yes they are the same — amazingly some folks still think they are not the same!) and then compare to the provisions stated by Republicans and what they are proposing for their replacement plans.  If you don’t see them mentioned, you can’t be sure that they will be part of their plan.  

Those who depend on ACA plans, and it can be anyone who has a low paying job with no employer-sponsored health insurance, need to understand what the changes mean for them.

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For health and dental insurance help in Ohio, please visit:

“Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio”

http://uhcanohio.org/

Ohio again leads U.S. in insurance claims for metal thefts | The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio is again No. 1 in the country in insurance claims for the theft of cooper and other metals. But initiatives to crack down on such thefts in the state might be paying off.

Source: Ohio again leads U.S. in insurance claims for metal thefts | The Columbus Dispatch