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


Legislative Roundup

“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.

Medical Students Serve Health Policy Rotation

[March 29, 2019]

Two fourth-year medical students at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine completed health policy rotations this month with OOA Executive Director Matt Harney.

Current Bills

[March 22, 2019]

The OOA monitors the Ohio General Assembly for health care bills of interest to physicians and patients. Here's this week's list.

DeWine's Cabinet

[March 21, 2019]

The governor finalized his cabinet appointments last month when he named a Columbus-area physician to lead the Health Department.

Limited CRNA Scope Changes, Disclosure of Drug Pricing Being Considered

[March 7, 2019]

SB 61, sponsored by State Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) alters the prescribing authority to allow CRNAs to “select, order, and administer drugs other than anesthesia” in the immediate post-operative period.

Gearing Up for Legislative Action; Medical Student Advocates for the Profession

[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.

House and Senate Leadership Selected

[February 6, 2019]

State lawmakers have selected their leadership in the House of Representatives and Senate. Here's the full roster.

New Ohio General Assembly Convenes

[January 2019]

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.

Session Ends with a Flurry of Bills

[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.