State Legislation

StatehouseWe are fighting on the front line at the Ohio Statehouse in battles involving practice regulation, Medicaid reimbursement, BWC compensation, tort reform and HMO/insurance company regulation to name a few. These areas of your practice are controlled by the states, not the federal government.

The OOA works to protect the physician-patient relationship and advocates to preserve the physician-led health care team in state law.

See a list of health care related bills.

Identify and contact your Ohio elected officials.

 

For information about Congressional bills and regulatory issues at the federal level, check the American Osteopathic Association Action Center.

 

Legislative Roundup

Health Committee Considers APRN Scope of Practice Bill

[May 17, 2019]

It's time to take action! State lawmakers need to hear from you about the dangers to patient safety and why it's important to protect the physician-led, team approach to care.

House Passes State Budget Bill

[May 10, 2019]

The $69 billion budget package cuts taxes, raises the legal age to buy cigarettes, and establishes mandates on health care providers to address "surprise billing."

Medical Student Completes OOA Rotation

[May 1, 2019]

Ryan Paulus, a fourth-year medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a health policy rotation last month at the OOA office.

It's Déjà vu All Over Again

[April 11, 2019]

Legislation that would eliminate the current requirement that APRNs collaborate with a physician has been introduced in the Ohio Legislature--again.

State Budget Meetings Continue

[April 5, 2019]

A finance subcommittee in the Ohio House heard from several health-related agencies this week as Gov. Mike DeWine's biennial budget is considered by state lawmakers.

Medical Students Serve Health Policy Rotation

[March 29, 2019]

Two fourth-year medical students at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine completed health policy rotations this month with OOA Executive Director Matt Harney.

Current Bills

[March 22, 2019]

The OOA monitors the Ohio General Assembly for health care bills of interest to physicians and patients. Here's this week's list.

DeWine's Cabinet

[March 21, 2019]

The governor finalized his cabinet appointments last month when he named a Columbus-area physician to lead the Health Department.

Limited CRNA Scope Changes, Disclosure of Drug Pricing Being Considered

[March 7, 2019]

SB 61, sponsored by State Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) alters the prescribing authority to allow CRNAs to “select, order, and administer drugs other than anesthesia” in the immediate post-operative period.

Gearing Up for Legislative Action; Medical Student Advocates for the Profession

[February 22, 2019]

OU-HCOM Student Tiffany Stainfield, who is serving an OOA health policy rotation, and Matt Harney met with State Rep. Derek Merrin, chair of the Health Committee this week. Stainfield is from Merrin’s 47th House District, which encompasses the majority of Fulton County and western parts of Lucas County.

House and Senate Leadership Selected

[February 6, 2019]

State lawmakers have selected their leadership in the House of Representatives and Senate. Here's the full roster.

New Ohio General Assembly Convenes

[January 2019]

The 133rd Ohio General Assembly convened January 7, with both chambers conducting swearing-in ceremonies and electing their leadership. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) narrowly edged out incumbent Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to take the speaker spot. The months-long battle between the two ended in a 52-46 vote that hinged on the Democrats. Householder served as House speaker from 2001-2004.

Session Ends with a Flurry of Bills

[December 2018] Legislation to Reform Step Therapy Approved during Lame Duck

State lawmakers were busy during the lame duck session, which started after the November 6 election and concluded at the official close of the two-year session on December 31. Ten health-related bills became law, including a measure to reform step therapy. Ohio DOs and OOA staff had advocated for passage of the step therapy legislation.

Ohio General Assembly Adjourns for Summer Recess

Read the OOA Legislative Update for July 2018

The Ohio General Assembly recessed for summer break, June 27, after marathon sessions in both the House and Senate that lasted well into the evening. For the House of Representatives, it was a final attempt to address a backlog of legislation from the weeks-long deadlock over electing a new speaker. The 30+ bills included measures to toughen penalties for fentanyl traffickers, reduce state regulations by giving more power to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, and prohibit pharmacy benefit managers from imposing gag orders that prevent pharmacists from telling customers about cheaper drug options.