|Advocacy - 11.4.15|
House Bill 169 (Physical Therapists Scope of Practice)
There will be another interested party meeting with all stakeholders regarding this legislation. To date, the bill has had both proponent and opponent testimony. The OSCA continues to oppose the bill based on certain language that would grant PT’s the ability to be a portal of entry. Additionally, the Ohio Healthcare Provider Coalition, comprised of Ohio’s major healthcare providers, opposes it. The coalition includes medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, chiropractic physicians, psychologists, optometrists, pharmacists, podiatrists, and dentists. The IP meeting is set for November 17th. At this meeting it is expected the sponsor of the bill will address every stakeholders’ concerns and work towards getting an amended or substitute bill that satisfies all concerns.
House Bill 276 (Chiropractic Nutrition)
This bill was originally scheduled for proponent testimony this past week but was cancelled. The chairwoman of the House Health and Aging Committee notified our office is it her intent to hold a proponent hearing in the future, however, the time and date is yet to be determined. The OSCA continues to support the overall message that chiropractic physicians in Ohio are already practicing what is in the legislation and with that supports the bill moving forward.
Senate Bill 90 (Healthcare worker identification)
The OSCA came out in strong opposition of this bill that would require healthcare workers in Ohio to wear a name badge that indicates your profession. While this was intended to distinguish certain professions within the hospital systems, chiropractors may have been lumped into this bill. The association, as well as multiple other professions, thought it was unnecessary to require chiropractors, optometrists, etc., who work in a small healthcare setting, to spend money on name badges. While the OSCA continues to watch this bill it is our understanding there is not much support for it to move forward.
House Bill 157 (Healthcare-Medicaid)
This bill would essentially restructure Ohio’s healthcare delivery systems. Inside of the 400 page bill is a provision that would add a “super board” that has oversight of the state medical board, state chiropractic examining board, state pharmacy board, the state nursing board, the state optometric board, etc. This “super board,” titled the Ohio Healthcare Professional Standards Board, would have the ability to intervene or overrule each individual board when it comes to disciplinary action. The “super board” would be comprised of three representatives from the state medical board, one from the pharmacy board, one from the dental board, one from the pharmacy board, one from the chiropractic board, one from the optometric board, and two from the nursing board. The OSCA recently attended an interested party meeting with the bill’s sponsor, Representative Butler, and stated our concerns with the bill, mainly the Ohio Healthcare Professional Standards Board provision. Rep. Butler appreciated our concerns and noted he wanted to work with us should the bill move forward. The OSCA will continue to oppose the bill until our concerns are fixed.
Senate Bill 194 (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
The OSCA continues to oppose SB 194 that would permit unlicensed persons to provide alternative or complementary health care services with little, if any, formalized training or education and with an absence of diagnostic or assessment skills with which to base their decision to treat or provide follow up care and services. In addition, these persons would not have to abide by any established minimum standards of care in their practices as would current practitioners who practice under licensure laws designed to protect the public. Outside of the bill being referred to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, the bill has not been assigned a first hearing yet. However, the association will continue to watch and advocate against passing this bill.
2018 Ohio Gubernatorial Race
While Governor John Kasich may be running for president he is still Ohio’s governor until 2018. But that hasn’t stopped other state-wide elected officials from taking steps forward on a potential run for the state’s top elected position. Lt. Governor Mary Taylor recently formed a political action committee titled “Onward Ohio” and was quoted a few weeks ago on the statehouse steps stating “I am seriously considering running for governor in 2018.” Additionally, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Congressman Jim Renacci, and Secretary of State Jon Husted have shown interest in the job as well.
Ohio 8th Congressional District (UPDATE)
Liberty Township CEO, Eric Gurr, announced he is running to succeed Representative John Boehner’s congressional seat. Others running for Ohio's 8th Congressional District include: West Chester Township Trustee Lee Wong, Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds, Tipp City Sen. Bill Beagle, former teacher J.D. Winteregg, state Rep. Tim Derickson, Lakota Board of Education member Todd Parnell and Great Oaks teacher Eric Haemmerle.