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Public invited - State Rep comes to East Toledo to talk about “Obamacare”
State Representative Barbara Sears will come to East Toledo later this month to talk about the Affordable Care Act and Ohio’s plans to administer it.

Rep. Sears will speak at the East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., Thurs., Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the East Toledo Club.

Rep. Sears, a Republican, has acted against her party’s wishes and backed Governor John Kasich’s attempt to expand Medicaid to coincide with the Affordable Care Act. She introduced legislation to implement Medicaid reforms that will identify ways to lower costs, reduce uncompensated care, and extend coverage to Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.

Rep. Sears in a press release stated the legislation would extend coverage to Ohioans under 138 percent of the federal poverty level and will provide critical health care services to Ohio’s poorest citizens. New enrollees in the Medicaid program would be fully funded by the federal government for the first three years. The bill provides protections for Ohio should the federal assistance percentage decrease below the specified amount after the third year.

Additional provisions include encouraging personal responsibility through cost sharing, promoting employment-related services, and ensuring those who abuse narcotics receive proper treatment.

“Ohio’s Medicaid system has made substantial improvements over the past few years and this legislation furthers that effort,” she stated. “By providing a ladder up and out of poverty through quality care, we are allowing for citizens to achieve greater self sufficiency and creating a healthier Ohio.”

Rep. Sears is currently serving her third term. She represents the 47th House District, which includes parts of Lucas and Fulton counties. For the 130th General Assembly, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as Majority Floor Leader for the Ohio House of Representatives.

In addition to her work as a legislator, Rep. Sears is currently senior vice president of employee benefits at Roemer Insurance in Toledo.

In 2008, she completed her six-year term on the Swan Creek Retirement Village, a part of the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement System. Representative Sears was active in the quality assurance committee and was chair of the adviser board. Sears was also a co-owner of Noble and Sears, Inc., a firm specializing in employee benefits and financial planning.


Gold stars
Nancy Reilly of Diversified Insurance Service in Elmore has been awarded the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor. The designation is awarded to those completing a rigorous insurance education program sponsored by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.


At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Simply Social Lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Cost is $10. Call Sarah for info at 419-693-5580.

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Thomas Nimbley, CEO of PBF Energy, parent company of Toledo Refining Company, will deliver the keynote address at the 20th anniversary dinner of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation Thursday Dec. 5 at Maumee Bay State Park.

Prior to joining PBF Energy in 2010, Nimbley had been with Nimbley Consultants LLC for five years, providing consulting services to clients on various projects, including acquisitions of two oil refineries.

Before that, he was a senior executive with ConocoPhillips, Phillips Petroleum, and Tosco Corporation. He began his career in the oil industry in 1973 when he joined Exxon Company, USA after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering / New Jersey Institute of Technology.

For more information, call Lindsay Myers at 419-693-9999


Opportunity knocks
Dianne Dolan of Walbridge has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.


Moving
Catherine Michael Knoop has moved her law offices to Suite 5 at Charlesgate Commons, directly above her present location at 860 Ansonia Street in Oregon.


At the clubs
Michelle Ish, human resource specialist with HR Department, will speak to the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at its Business Over Breakfast meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 to 9 at the VFW Memorial Hall, 251 West Main St. in Oak Harbor. RSVP to 419-898-0479.


The bottom line
First Defiance Financial Corp. announced net income for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, totaled $5.5 million, or 54 cents per diluted common share, compared to $5.4 million or  54 cents per diluted common share for the same quarter last year.


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