State Legislation

Ohio Statehouse

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

Pending Legislation

See a list of health care related bills.

Legislative Roundup

OOA Districts Meet the PAC Challenge

[May 22, 2024]

Congratulations to the Columbus Osteopathic Association and Eighth District Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, winners of the annual fundraising competition.

House Speaker Cleans House

[May 6, 2024]

New Public Health Policy Committee chair appointed as infighting among House Republican caucus continues.

Legislature Overrides DeWine Vetoes

[January 26, 2024]

The Ohio General Assembly met the required three-fifths majority vote to override vetoes and enact state law regarding gender-affirming care and flavored tobacco.

Statehouse Recap 2023

[January 2, 2024]

Advocacy at the Statehouse and in the halls of state government has always been a primary focus for the OOA. Last year was no different.

DeWine Vetoes Gender-Affirming Care Legislation

[December 29, 2023]

At a press conference this morning Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced his veto of HB 68, which would have banned certain health care for trans youth.

Commerce Department Releases Non-Medical Cannabis FAQs

[November 22, 2023]

Medical marijuana has been legal in Ohio since 2016. Now, recreational marijuana is about to be legal as a result of a statewide ballot issue that passed, 57%-43%.

House of Medicine Convenes

[November 20, 2023]

The House of Medicine meets twice annually to review legislation that affects all physician specialties in the state. The latest meeting focused on 18 bills in four general areas: insurance, scope of practice, public health, and legislating the practice of medicine.

Election Recap

[November 13, 2023]

Ohio voters support ballot measures to ensure abortion access and legalize marijuana.

Election Next Week

[November 3, 2023]

While Election Day is November 7, Ohioans started early voting three weeks ago to decide two statewide issues.

DeWine Signs State Budget Bill

[July 5, 2023]

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s $190 billion two-year state budget bill into law late Monday night, but not before he used his line-item veto power on 44 provisions, including tobacco and vaccine regulations.

Which Districts PAC a Punch?

[April 28, 2023]

The OOPAC Challenge pits the ten OOA district academies against each other for fundraising bragging rights. The winners were revealed during the OOA House of Delegates, April 21.

New State Law Expands Breast Cancer Screening

[September 23, 2022]

HB 371 was signed into law in June and becomes effective today.

New Law Takes Effect Next Week

[September 16, 2022]

HB 193, signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine in June, requires that a prescriber issue an electronic prescription when prescribing a Schedule II controlled substance.

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.

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.

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.