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Check out the OPA Advocacy Action Center with its OPA Bill Tracker, to see the current bills that impact  pharmacists. We need your help to ensure that the profession of pharmacy is protected and enhanced!

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Bocce with Burke! Join us for a fun evening with Senator Dave Burke!

October Legislative Update: Results of the Ohio Medicaid Prescription Drug Program Audit Presented

In an August presentation to the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost released the results of his audit of the Ohio Medicaid prescription drug program. To be blunt, the results are jaw-dropping.

Results of the Ohio Medicaid Prescription Drug Program Audit Presented

September Legislative Update: Continued fighting for substantive reforms to the Ohio Medicaid pharmacy program

While lawmakers are on break, OPA has continued fighting for substantive reforms to the Ohio Medicaid pharmacy program. With the persistent investigative reporting of the Columbus Dispatch...

Ohio Auditor releases stunning Medicaid PBM audit report

Ohio Medicaid announces plans for significant reforms to pharmacy program

August Legislative Update: Recognizing the national attention on Ohio due to OPA’s work to shed light on our dysfunctional prescription drug supply chain

Recognizing the national attention on Ohio due to OPA’s work on our dysfunctional prescription drug supply chain...

July Legislative Update: Ohio House unanimously passes HB 479 to end PBM co-pay clawbacks and “gag orders,”

The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 479, legislation prohibiting PBM co-pay clawbacks and “gag orders,” 

Legislation aimed at increasing naltrexone access in Ohio passes Senate!

Ohio House unanimously votes in favor of HB 479 to end PBM co-pay clawbacks & gag orders!

Medicaid analysis shows hundreds of millions in PBM spread pricing dollars

OPA supports legislation aimed at increasing naltrexone access in Ohio

June Legislative Update: Provider Status and Pulling Back the PBM Curtain

On April 17, hearings officially commenced on SB 265, which would grant provider status for pharmacists in Ohio law.

Ohio House committee votes in favor of bill to end PBM co-pay clawbacks & gag orders!

May Legislative Update: Applauding how ODI edict aims to prohibit clawbacks and

OPA applauds a recent announcement from the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) on an immediately effective edict that aims to prohibit pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) co-pay clawbacks and pharmacist “gag orders.” OPA thanks ODI for their proactive action

2018 PAC Breakfast Speaker(s) Announced!

Ohio takes first step to permanently prohibit co-pay clawbacks & gag orders

Passion for Advocacy Fueled at the 2018 OPA Student Legislative Day

It isn’t often that people know that they’re making a difference. That wasn’t true on February 27 when over 240 Ohio student pharmacists converged on Columbus to make an impact on the profession. This year’s Student Legislative Day was a success ...

Ohio lawmakers call on Auditor to review PBM practices in Medicaid program

March Legislative Update: Prescription Drug Co-Pay Integrity Act

OPA applauds new legislation, HB 479, introduced by Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) and Representative Thomas West (D-Canton) that would prohibit the practice of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) requiring pharmacists to charge patients

Pharmacist provider status legislation introduced in Ohio Senate!

OPA leads the charge on Medicaid managed care drug spending reform

OPA applauds White House report calling for breaking up anti-competitive PBM industry

February Legislative Update: Medicaid Drug Benefits

In 2016, Ohio pharmacies saw a dramatic cut in reimbursements, estimated by more than $200 million,

Legislation introduced to prohibit PBM clawbacks & pharmacist gag orders in Ohio

OPA signs onto letter calling for DIR fee reforms in Part D rule

January Legislative Update: MCO PBM Offer to Purchase Your Pharmacy

As members continue to report that Medicaid MCO PBM reimbursements are at historic lows, adding insult to injury, we are aware

December Legislative Update: Crushing Defeat of Ohio Ballot Issue 2

Legislative Update: Locking prescription vials, palliative care

Proposed mandates for locking prescription vials, as well as pharmacist inclusion on proposed palliative care commission

November Legislative Update: "Locking" & "Tamper-Evident" Prescription Vials

Voters deliver a crushing defeat to Issue 2

October Legislative Update: Opioid Analgesics

OPA urges opposition to Issue 2, the deceptive drug pricing ballot initiative

Provider status legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate!

Governor Kasich signs four pharmacy bills into law!

New laws and rules impacting consult agreements and emergency dispensing now in effect!

See what state legislation OPA is currently tracking

Legislative Status Report for Pharmacy (New HBs 284, 334 & 526 )

Update on SB 83

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 October 2018 
October 18, 2018

Bocce with Burke: An evening with Senator Dave Burke

November 4, 2018

2018 OPA Midyear Meeting - Sharpen Your Professional Skills

Makoy Center, 5462 Center Street, Hilliard, Ohio 43026

November 16, 2018

Live Webinar: Required OSHA Training for Immunizing Pharmacists

December 4, 2018

Pharmacist Legislative Day 2018

April 12-14, 2019

141st OPA Annual Conference & Trade Show

Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH