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Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is a data journalist investigating government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio. Katie has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, writing for the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun, as well as working on the cross-platform breaking news team and digital team. She's a graduate of Miami University and grew up in the Chicago area.

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State concludes Issue 2 won’t likely result in savings
 State Issue 2 is unlikely to result in any savings for Ohio’s Medicaid program, the state’s budget office concluded in a report that appears to call into question claims by supporters that the initiative will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drug prices. Although the report says other programs may...

Posted: 8 days ago

State Issue 2 is unlikely to result in any savings for Ohio’s Medicaid program, the state’s budget office concluded in a report that appears to call into question claims by supporters that the initiative will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drug prices. Although the report says other programs may...
Election 2017: Ads lead to confusion over Issue 2
 We’ve been hearing a lot from readers about State Issue 2. TVs in Ohio have been flooded with ads for the issue on the November ballot and viewers are confused. Both sides in the ads have said that they will lower drug costs. Who is right? The answer to this question really depends on where in the supply chain you are looking at the...

Posted: 9 days ago

We’ve been hearing a lot from readers about State Issue 2. TVs in Ohio have been flooded with ads for the issue on the November ballot and viewers are confused. Both sides in the ads have said that they will lower drug costs. Who is right? The answer to this question really depends on where in the supply chain you are looking at the...
Letter accuses Issue 2 supporters of lying in campaign ad
 Opponents of State Issue 2 — the proposed Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — have sent letters to TV stations accusing supporters of lying in a campaign ad that claims the proposed ballot issue would result in a $400 million tax cut. Issue 2 would require the state of Ohio to pay the same or less for prescription drugs as the Department...

Posted: 12 days ago

Opponents of State Issue 2 — the proposed Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — have sent letters to TV stations accusing supporters of lying in a campaign ad that claims the proposed ballot issue would result in a $400 million tax cut. Issue 2 would require the state of Ohio to pay the same or less for prescription drugs as the Department...
Cleveland Clinic demands retraction from Yes on Issue 2 campaign
 The Cleveland Clinic has sent a cease and desist letter to the PAC supporting Ohio Issue 2 claiming the campaign illegally used its CEO’s image on mailers, making it look like he was supporting the ballot issue. The flyer, which was mailed to a large number of Ohio households, used Dr. Toby Cosgrove’s photo and the name of the...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Cleveland Clinic has sent a cease and desist letter to the PAC supporting Ohio Issue 2 claiming the campaign illegally used its CEO’s image on mailers, making it look like he was supporting the ballot issue. The flyer, which was mailed to a large number of Ohio households, used Dr. Toby Cosgrove’s photo and the name of the...
Kucinich throws support behind Issue 2
 Former Congressman and mayor of Cleveland Dennis Kucinich has thrown his support behind Issue 2 — The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. “If health care is going to be affordable, we have to make prescription drugs affordable. To me its a basic economic principle,” Kucinich said in an interview with the Dayton Daily News Wednesday...

Posted: 14 days ago

Former Congressman and mayor of Cleveland Dennis Kucinich has thrown his support behind Issue 2 — The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. “If health care is going to be affordable, we have to make prescription drugs affordable. To me its a basic economic principle,” Kucinich said in an interview with the Dayton Daily News Wednesday...
Yes vs. No on Issue 2: What they’re saying on both sides
 The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — Issue 2 on the November ballot — has caused plenty of debate. It would require that the state, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, pay the same or lower prices for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — which currently negotiates drug prices at least...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — Issue 2 on the November ballot — has caused plenty of debate. It would require that the state, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, pay the same or lower prices for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — which currently negotiates drug prices at least...
Ohio again had fewer abortions in 2016, continuing steady decline
 The number of abortions performed in Ohio declined again in 2016, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health, continuing a trend of steady decline since the late 1990s. But Ohio’s abortion rate and ratio to live births were both unchanged from 2015. That means that while the number of abortions went down, so...

Posted: 18 days ago

The number of abortions performed in Ohio declined again in 2016, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health, continuing a trend of steady decline since the late 1990s. But Ohio’s abortion rate and ratio to live births were both unchanged from 2015. That means that while the number of abortions went down, so...
Election officials to hear Issue 2 complaint; 2 others tossed
 The Ohio Elections Commission on Thursday agreed to have a full hearing on a case filed by the supporters of State Issue 2 against their opponents, alleging spending misconduct by their Political Action Committee. But the commission dismissed two other complaints against the same group — Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Ohio Elections Commission on Thursday agreed to have a full hearing on a case filed by the supporters of State Issue 2 against their opponents, alleging spending misconduct by their Political Action Committee. But the commission dismissed two other complaints against the same group — Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot...
Who is Michael Weinstein, the man behind Issue 2?
 With millions of dollars worth of advertising both for and against Issue 2 dominating television airwaves, Ohioans have seen an unfamiliar face as the topic of both criticism and praise. Michael Weinstein has been called out by opponents of Issue 2 — the prescription drug price ballot issue — as a greedy “health care CEO...

Posted: 20 days ago

With millions of dollars worth of advertising both for and against Issue 2 dominating television airwaves, Ohioans have seen an unfamiliar face as the topic of both criticism and praise. Michael Weinstein has been called out by opponents of Issue 2 — the prescription drug price ballot issue — as a greedy “health care CEO...
Election 2017: Issue 2 pits emotion against complex drug pricing system
 Across political lines, Americans in poll after poll say prescription drugs cost too much, and stories abound about patients cutting pills in half or making the difficult choice between their medications and putting food on the table. But while people may agree on the problem, what to do about it has thrust Ohioans in the middle of a big-dollar...

Posted: 21 days ago

Across political lines, Americans in poll after poll say prescription drugs cost too much, and stories abound about patients cutting pills in half or making the difficult choice between their medications and putting food on the table. But while people may agree on the problem, what to do about it has thrust Ohioans in the middle of a big-dollar...