|Advocacy - 12.2.15|
House Bill 276 (Chiropractic-Nutrition) Chairwoman Gonzales of the House Health and Aging Committee has indicated she will be putting up HB 276 for a vote on December 9th. Additionally, the chairwoman does not expect any amendments or a substitute version of the bill to be put before the committee, meaning the original, as introduced version will be what could be voted on.
There has been little to no opposition towards this bill which is why the chairwoman and other committee members are looking to pass it out of committee next week. The OSCA will continue to push for a clean passage of this bill out of committee as well as the House of Representatives.
House Bill 169 (Physical Therapists-Scope of Practice) While there has been a substitute version of the bill introduced there is still some language in the bill the OSCA and the majority of other healthcare associations are concerned with. One of the concerns is the educational level PT’s have for ordering diagnostic imaging. The OSCA and others would like to see the educational level PT’s have in order to perform this procedure.
A fourth hearing is scheduled for the first week of December where there could be a potential vote on the new substitute version. We are currently working with the chairman of the committee as well as other members in order to set up an additional interest party meeting to go over differences in the bill before a committee vote is set.
The OSCA will keep you all updated on the verdict of that hearing.
House Bill 170 (Employer-Vaccinations) The OSCA is working with the sponsor of this bill as well as other interested parties on the facilitation of the information regarding the importance of the bill. A hearing is set for the December 1st where a possible vote could take place. Please be on the look-out for any information pertaining to HB 170 coming from the OSCA executive office.
Medicaid Legislation The OSCA will soon be meeting with Senator Gardner about introducing legislation that will make chiropractic physicians in the Department of Medicaid congruent with their status within the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. While this is in the beginning stages there is an OSCA taskforce currently in place working to make this successful.
GXMO The OSCA is working on a follow up meeting the Department of Health to speak on the negative effects the current GXMO rules and procedures in place have on Ohio’s chiropractic physicians. We will be bringing in an OSCA member to personally speak about their experiences they have had with the current system in place.