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.
The OOA works to protect the physician-patient relationship and advocates to preserve the physician-led health care team in state law.
For information about Congressional bills and regulatory issues at the federal level, check the American Osteopathic Association Action Center.
[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.
[February 6, 2019]
State lawmakers have selected their leadership in the House of Representatives and Senate. Here's the full roster.
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.
[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.
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.
Soon-to-be Medicare eligible Ohioans encouraged to attend
Experts will cover topics such as Medicare Part A and B benefits, Part D prescription drug coverage, Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance and key deadlines. The events run April 3 to June 21.