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.

See a list of health care related bills.

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

 

Legislative Roundup

Top 10

[September 2, 2021]

The OOA follows dozens of health-related bills in the Ohio General Assembly. This listing identifies the top ten priority bills.

OOA Submits Testimony Against HB 248

[June 21, 2021]

Health Policy Chair Jennifer L. Gwilym, DO, provided a written statement to the House Health Committee outlining opposition to far-reaching vaccination legislation.

OOA Submits Testimony Against HB 248

[June 21, 2021]

Health Policy Chair Jennifer L. Gwilym, DO, provided a written statement to the House Health Committee outlining opposition to far-reaching vaccination legislation.

Ohio House Expels Former Speaker

[June 16, 2021]

The Ohio House of Representatives voted, 75-21, to expel Rep. Larry Householder. Householder was indicted last year as part of a federal investigation into a $60 million bribery scheme related to passage of HB 6, an energy bill that supported two Ohio nuclear power plants.

Senate Approves Fireworks Bill

[June 4, 2021]

The Ohio Senate passed legislation that allows the discharge of consumer fireworks on certain holidays. The OOA issued an action alert urging members to contact their state senator to oppose the bill.

Ohio Senate Considers Noncompete Agreements

[May 14, 2021]

SB 150 would ban noncompete agreements for Ohio physicians as a condition of employment.

New General Assembly Sworn In

[January 8, 2021]

The 134th Ohio General Assembly convened for the first time on Monday, January 4. It marks the start of the new two-year session.

133rd General Assembly Adjourns

[December 2020]

During the two-year session, OOA tracked nearly 100 bills that impact the health care community and lobbied for and against many pieces of critical legislation.

Lawmakers Announce Articles of Impeachment Against DeWine

[August 28, 2020]

House Republicans allege the Ohio governor violated civil liberties when he issued state orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

House Votes to Allow Fireworks

[June 8, 2020]

Opponents of the bill say passage would result in a surge of emergency room visits as studies show the frequency and severity of fireworks injuries increase when discharge is legalized in a state.

House Passes Civil Immunity Bill

[May 28, 2020]

The House of Representatives approved legislation, 83-9, that grants immunity to health care workers, businesses, and others who provide essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Rejects House Attempts to Curb Acton Powers

[May 22, 2020]

State senators unanimously voted this week to not concur with House of Representatives changes to SB 1, namely limiting the authority of the Health Director during a state of emergency.

OOA Seeks Physician Protections During Pandemic

[May 19, 2020]

Physicians are on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 and are being called upon to serve in crisis hotspots. They do so at risk to their own health, and, because of the patchwork of medical liability laws that exist in the country, their careers.

House Republicans Look to Reduce Health Department, DeWine Authority

[May 8, 2020]

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine slammed state lawmakers who seek to curb the power of the governor and his appointee during a public health crisis.