|Advocacy - 11.18.16|
Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Sub. HB 276 On the Move
House Bill 276, a bill meant to codify a Doctor of Chiropractic’s ability to practice nutritional therapy, had its first hearing yesterday in the Ohio Senate. This bill was unanimously voted out of the House earlier this year and was assigned to the Senate State and Local Government Committee. Representative Schuring, sponsor of the bill, provided short and concise testimony followed up by very little questioning. The NOAC and OSCA are expecting a second hearing to take place in the next couple of weeks and are hearing the Senate has plans to take a vote on it prior to the end of the year. Please see attached OSCA’s proponent testimony.
OSCA Responds to HB 170
House Bill 170 is still sitting in the House Commerce and Labor Committee. However, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Christina Hagan, is still proactively lobbying her fellow committee members to call for a vote on it. Please see attached OSCA’s letter of support.
HB 564 Stuck in Committee
This bill was introduced earlier this year and was just recently assigned to the House Health and Aging Committee. It has yet to be assigned a committee hearing. OSCA’s understanding is the committee doesn’t have an appetite to hold hearings on this bill prior to the 131st General Assembly ending. Get the summary of HB 564 here.
Regulatory Board Consolidation; Chiropractic Board Left out of Restructuring Proposal
Earlier this year an idea was floated to re-structure medical regulatory boards and commissions. Specifically, all boards and commissions would have been rolled into one ‘super board.’ Should that have happened it would have significantly negatively affected the Ohio Chiropractic Examiners Board. Yesterday SB 366 and HB 617 were introduced that does consolidate some medical boards but doesn’t touch the chiropractic board. They only potential change coming to the chiropractic board revolves around anti-trust.
“Under the proposal, any action taken by, or on behalf of, a board that could be subject to antitrust laws would be deemed a “reviewable action.” In that case, the board may self-refer the action for third-party review by DAS. An individual who is or could be negatively impacted by the board action may also appeal to DAS for a review.”
The major potential changes occur within the State Medical Board, State Pharmacy Board, Physical Health Services Board and Behavioral Health Professionals Board. For more information on this proposal please see attachment.
US Department of Health and Human Services Responds to OSCA
US HHS responded to the OSCA’s letter regarding the inclusion of chiropractic when it comes to treating the opioid epidemic. For more information on this please see HHS’s letter to OSCA.
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