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Bill to increase hospital billing transparency presented to Ohio House committee

BY: - December 16, 2019

A bill seeking to create more transparency in hospital billing was recently brought to an Ohio House Committee for review. State Sen. Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, presented Senate Bill 97 to a recent meeting of the House Committee on Health. He said the bill would require hospitals to give estimates to patients at least seven […]

Pharmacy board shows support for addiction treatment Ohio House bill

BY: - December 13, 2019

The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy on Tuesday spoke in support of a bill that would expand the types of facilities that could provide drug addiction treatment, including help with opioid dependence. The Ohio House’s Committee on Health held the fourth hearing on House Bill 341, which also has the support of the Ohio […]

Landmark prescription drug pricing bill clears U.S. House

BY: - December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a landmark health care measure Thursday that proponents say would dramatically reduce the rising cost of prescription drugs and significantly expand access to health care benefits and services. The sweeping legislation passed largely along party lines, with 230 lawmakers voting for it and 192 against. Only two House Republicans […]

Tax credit for donors to anti-abortion pregnancy centers moves toward full Ohio House vote

BY: - December 12, 2019

A bill giving a tax credit to donors for pregnancy centers who promote carrying a pregnancy to term was approved in the state House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, moving it toward a full House vote. Supporters and critics of House Bill 297 made their cases in the fourth committee hearing on the bill, […]

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Bill regulating nurse overtime awaits Ohio House vote

BY: - December 11, 2019

UPDATE 12/11/19 3:16 p.m.: The House approved House Bill 144 on Wednesday with a vote of 80-13. A bill seeking to regulate overtime requirements for nurses is making its way through the legislature, with support from the Ohio Nurses Association and opposition from the Ohio Hospital Association and state Chamber of Commerce. House Bill 144 […]

State medical board still accepting petitions for medical cannabis conditions

BY: - December 10, 2019

The State Medical Board of Ohio in an email Tuesday reminded Ohioans that the window is still open for filing petitions for the board to consider adding qualifying conditions for medical cannabis treatment. The Ohio medical board has the authority to approve and designate conditions or diseases as qualifying medical conditions for treatment, the board […]

Bipartisan proposal to eliminate ‘step therapy’ for Stage IV cancer introduced

BY: - December 10, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching our eye: No more ‘fail first’? Ohio Public Radio’s Andy Chow is reporting that bipartisan Ohio lawmakers “are […]

U.S. House to hold hearing on universal health care coverage proposals

BY: - December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Toward the end of his life, the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr. reportedly asked his wife to carry the torch on his family’s signature cause: progressive health care reform. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, (D-Mich.) has made good on that promise during her three terms in Congress — and will continue to do […]

New Ohio bill seeks to meld with federal mental health requirements

BY: - December 9, 2019

A new bill with bipartisan support seeks to line up mental health laws in Ohio with federal law, according to the sponsors of the bill.  The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was introduced Monday by State Rep. Allison Russo, D-Upper Arlington and Rep. Phil Plummer, R-Dayton, according to a press release.  The law […]

Supreme Court denies review of Kentucky ultrasound law

BY: - December 9, 2019

The United States Supreme Court declined to review a decision allowing Kentucky to require doctors performing abortions to conduct ultrasounds and describe the procedure’s findings to women.  While the law allows women to decline to look at the ultrasound screen and request for the volume be turned down on the machine, it requires the ultrasounds […]

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Study on unproven ‘abortion reversal’ drug halted due to risk to patients

BY: - December 9, 2019

A study on an unproven “abortion reversal” treatment that relates to a senate bill currently sitting in the Ohio Legislature has ended because of its risk to the female patients. The study was being conducted at the University of California, Davis, to see if the hormone progesterone could be used to stop abortion performed using […]

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Ohio abortion bills by the numbers: Here’s what’s pending

BY: - December 3, 2019

A number of abortion-related bills have passed at least one chamber of the Ohio legislature, or are being reviewed currently within the Statehouse. Legislation that would effectively ban abortions after about six weeks — Senate Bill 23 — passed the Senate in April with 18 votes in favor and 13 opposed. The House approved the […]