Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch

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The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Darrel:

Ohio House votes to end health insurance copay tactic that's 'ruining a lot of families'

After spending more than a year in limbo, a bill that would prevent health insurers from messing with copay help wins 86-0 passage in Ohio House. → Read More

Five takeaways for consumers and patients from Ohio's consolidated health-care system

Consumers may love those shiny new health-care facilities closer to their homes, but they aren't doing their pocketbook or health much good. → Read More

Capitol Insider: How did redistricting go from 'a new day' to possible court sanctions?

Passage of a 2014 measure designed to prevent gerrymandering was a feel-good moment for Ohio lawmakers. But making that plan work has turned bitter. → Read More

Federal Trade Commission rejects pharmacy benefit managers probe pushed by Biden appointee

Reviled by pharmacists and patient advocacy groups nationwide, PBMs at least temporarily escaped scrutiny from an FTC deadlocked on an investigation. → Read More

'This is the first time we are close to getting real action' to actually cut drug prices

Americans have heard the prospect of lower drug prices touted for years by politicians. Sen. Sherrod Brown says it actually could happen this time. → Read More

Ohio launches probe of PBM practice

COLUMBUS — Six months after state officials were asked whether they have the authority to crack down on a controversial money-making maneuver by phar → Read More

Ohio launches probe of PBM practice that critics say gouges patients and taxpayers

Ohio's efforts to rein in pharmacy benefit managers hits a turning point with a decision to investigate charges known as "clawbacks" worth millions. → Read More

Billions of dollars potentially at stake for consumers, taxpayers in new probe of PBM fees

In a surprise move, a top federal regulator promises to delve into extensive fees assessed on pharmacies by drug-chain middlemen in what could be the first → Read More

Billions of dollars potentially at stake for consumers, taxpayers in new probe of PBM fees

Pharmacists have complained for years about skyrocketing fees on Medicare prescriptions by PBMs. Now, a federal agency promises a probe of the charges → Read More

Pharmacy benefit managers are outwitting attempts at accountability, tougher rules

Governments and businesses throughout the US have tried to rein in pharmacy benefit managers, but PBMs have evolved new ways around the restrictions. → Read More

Pharmacy benefit managers in sights of bipartisan Ohio watchdog panel for possible fraud

The seeming never-ending battle to rein in pharmacy benefit managers in Ohio opens another chapter, a joint legislative panel delving into "clawbacks" → Read More

Nation's largest independent doctors practice is in Columbus area, and it's getting bigger

Central Ohio Primary Care is the biggest independent doctors group of its type in the U.S. Now it's branching out from the East Coast to Hawaii. → Read More

Capitol Insider: New study finds only four states more dangerous for COVID-19 than Ohio

Ohio's lagging vaccination rate and relatively high death toll dragged it almost to the bottom of a new ranking of the safest states for COVID-19. → Read More

Doctors joining hospitals in growing numbers has caught the attention of regulators

Regulators from Washington and several state capitals are taking action on hospitals with so many doctors for their staffs, raising cost concerns. → Read More

Physicians in independent practices are a minority now. What does that mean for your care?

For the first time, more doctors are working with hospitals or other groups than those in private practice, the AMA says. Is that good or bad? → Read More

Capitol Insider: Not gone or forgotten – Donald Trump still mainstay in GOP money appeals

There's no bigger cash cow in political fundraising than Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine's trip to border draws heat. → Read More

'To me, that's fraudulent': Bipartisan Ohio lawmakers vow to fix loophole exploited by PBMs

The practice known as "clawbacks" by drug middlemen supposedly was banned in Ohio two years ago, but PBMs are finding ways around the bipartisan law. → Read More

Capitol Insider: Top Ohio GOP lawmakers hire out-of-state lawyers used to election fights

A North Carolina law firm accustomed to the heat of political battles in now helping Ohio GOP legislative leaders defend new legislative districts. → Read More

Capitol Insider: Can legislators really stop Gov. Mike DeWine from enacting mask mandate?

The Ohio mask battle is fueled in part by misinformation over what the governor can and can't order. And we reveal a blown chance to stop gerrymandering. → Read More

Capitol Insider: Let the redistricting court fight begin as we await new maps for Congress

Perhaps it was inevitable that Ohio's redistricting battle would wind up in the state Supreme Court. But the outcome there is far from certain. → Read More