State Legislation

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

We 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.

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Legislative Roundup

OU-HCOM Student Begins Health Policy Rotation

[March 5, 2020]

E. Scott Wong, PhD, a fourth-year medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine-Athens, started a two-week rotation at the OOA office this week.

Most Ohioans Favor Expanding Medicare

[December 2, 2019]

An Ohio Health Issues Poll released last week shows 71 percent of Ohio adults support the idea of allowing people younger than 65 to buy insurance through the Medicare program.

Ohio DO Testifies in Opposition to HB 177

[November 20, 2019]

Paige Gutheil Henderson, DO, a Columbus-area family physician, testified against HB 177 at the Ohio House of Representatives Health Committee yesterday. She outlined why removing or weakening collaboration agreements between a nurse practitioner and a physician is detrimental to patient care.

House Health Committee Schedules Possible Vote for HB 177

[November 14, 2019]

Legislation that would fundamentally change how physicians and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) work together to safely and effectively care for patients has been slated for a vote early next week.

House of Medicine Convenes

[November 8, 2019]

About 40 individuals representing physician organizations met last week to discuss common issues, particularly state legislation that affects the doctor-patient relationship.

Not Health Related, but a “Timely” Topic

[November 1, 2019]

Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend as we set the clocks an hour early on Sunday morning. A few legislators are hoping to make this the last time Ohioans “fall back.”

Be an Advocate for Your Profession

[October 25, 2019]

The OOA mission is to promote the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine. Physicians are the most highly trained and educated professionals (in health care or otherwise). Help us share this with state lawmakers and others!

“Tobacco21” Takes Effect Today

[October 17, 2019]

Ohio’s new law, signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in July, raises the age to buy tobacco and related products from 18 to 21. The Tobacco 21 initiative, a national campaign aimed at increasing the minimum legal age, has long been supported by the Ohio Osteopathic Association.

Ohio Senate Unanimously Approves Bill Requiring Notice of Patient Charges

[October 14, 2019]

SB 97 would require health care providers and hospitals to provide a “reasonable, good faith” cost estimate, or price range, of scheduled services at the advance request of patients beginning July 1, 2021.

Former House Speaker Resigns

[September 27, 2019]

Former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Ryan Smith, who earlier this year lost his bid to keep the speakership, announced his resignation yesterday to take a position in academia.

For Your Viewing Pleasure...

[September 26, 2019]

Ohioans can now watch all Ohio House of Representatives committee meetings online. Statehouse leaders announced this week that cameras have been installed to enable live streaming for all House hearings through The Ohio Channel.

It’s Official!

[September 19, 2019]

Terry Johnson, DO, an OOA member from Scioto County, became the first osteopathic physician to ever serve in the Ohio Senate when he was sworn-in yesterday.

State Lawmakers are Back in Columbus

[September 12, 2019]

The summer break is over and Ohio legislators are back in the capital city with a full agenda.

Terry Johnson, DO, Expected to be Appointed to Ohio Senate

[September 5, 2019]

Senate Republicans have chosen the former state representative to fill an open seat vacated last month. The 14th State Senate District encompasses Adams, Brown, Clermont and Scioto counties as well as part of Lawrence County.

OOA Supports Indoor Tanning Restrictions for Minors

[August 30, 2019]

Soon-to-be-introduced legislation in the Ohio House of Representatives calls for a ban on the sale of tanning bed ultraviolet (UV) radiation to people under the age of 18.

Gov. Calls for Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence, Increase Mental Health Services

[August 9, 2019]

In response to the mass shooting in Dayton that killed 9 people and injured 27 others, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a series of legislative reforms to address gun violence and outlined further action to increase mental health prevention, identification, and treatment.

Legal Smoking Age Raised to 21

[July 25, 2019]

A provision to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 was signed into law last week as part of the state biennial budget.

State Budget Bill Passes, Finally

[July 18, 2019]

On the final day of the General Assembly’s self-imposed deadline, a budget deal was approved and sent to the governor, who signed the spending plan this morning after using his veto pen 25 times.

State Budget Watch

[July 8, 2019]

Legislators missed the July 1 deadline. With an interim budget now in place to keep the state running, they’re working towards a new deadline of July 17. Legislative leaders say they are confident they’ll complete their work by then.

Budget Deliberations Continue

[June 28, 2019]

The Conference Committee of three state representatives and three state senators face a July 1 deadline for the $69 billion state budget bill.

House Bill Addresses Infant Mortality

[June 24, 2019]

Ohio’s infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births is among the highest in the US. Two state representatives are looking to improve that statistic by expanding smoking cessation programs, dental visits, and health education.

Ohio Health Department Names Medical Director

[June 19, 2019]

A longtime official at the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services is moving to the same role at the Ohio Department of Health.

Ohio Considers “Tobacco21”

[June 11, 2019]

An increasing number of states are raising the legal sales age for tobacco products to 21. Ohio legislators seem poised to do the same as part of the biennial budget bill.

Safety First: OOA Speaks Out Against Fireworks Bill

[May 31, 2019]

A bill in the Ohio Senate would allow for certain types of consumer grade fireworks to be sold in stores, establishing one of the most dangerous fireworks standards in the nation. Generally, there are often restrictions on dates and times as well as types of devices that can be discharged.

New “I VOTED” Sticker Unveiled

[May 21, 2019]

The Secretary of State held a contest to replace the existing “I Voted” sticker given to Ohioans after casting their ballot. The winning entry, designed by a high-school student in Ashville, will be available for the November 2019 election.

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.