Bill Box – State Legislation & Alerts

Updated 9/14/2015

Below are selected bills that OPA is following. For more information on these bills, contact Bobbie Celeste, PhD, Director of Professional Affairs at (614) 224-0034. Full bills can be accessed via the General Assembly website.

Bill and Sponsor Bill Topic
Issues for Psychology OPA Position
Status of Bill
S.B. 5

Patton-R and Brown -D

First Responders-with PTSD and no physical injury-eligible for workers comp benefits Would allow police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians  to receive early and needed treatment for post- traumatic stress disorder, thus contributing to their ability to do their jobs safely without long term effects of trauma OPA Supports the Bill

 

OPA member, Dr. Kathy Platoni testified in favor of the bill.

 

OPA advocated for the bill during OPA Legislative Day, May 2015

Passed out of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee
S.B. 129

Gardner- R and Cafaro-D

 To amend law related to prior authorizations  Bill would put restrictions on prior authorizations by insurers, require more transparency and restrict take-backs  OPA Supports the bill with language added to clarify that it applies to all health care providers who contract with insurers  Introduced in Senate Insurance Committee.
Substitute bill being discussed
S.B. 162

Seitz-R and Williams-D

 Aggravated murder-mental illness-no death penalty  Would eliminate the death penalty for those who are severely mentally ill at the time of the crime.  OPA Supports the Bill.  Introduced in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee
S.B. 74

Tavares-D

 Sexual orientation change efforts for minors-prohibit  This bill would prohibit health care professionals from engaging in sex orientation change while providing mental health treatment  OPA Supports the Bill  Introduced in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee
HB 247 Driehaus-D and Phillips-D Sexual orientation change efforts for minors-prohibit  This bill would prohibit health care professionals from engaging in sex orientation change while providing mental health treatment OPA Supports the Bill Introduced and assigned to Senate Medicaid Committee
S.B. 32 Tavares-D Telemedicine insurance coverage Would require payment for telemedicine if service meets other coverage criteria for insurance and OPA does not support unless the language is changed to include psychologists and other mental Introduced and assigned to Senate Medicaid Committee
SB 194

Jordan-R

 Alternative/complementary practice by unlicensed persons with disclaimer  Would allow unlicensed persons to provide certain psychological & health care services  OPA Opposes this Bill  Introduced in the Senate
SB 33 Tavares-D Health care professionals-instruction in cultural competency Requires State Boards to set minimum standards for yearly CE OPA Supports the Bill Senate Health Committee is hearing bill
SB 66 Tavares-D Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program-establish Health Dept. would raise funds and give loan repayment for work in health shortage areas. OPA is vetting the Bill Assigned to Senate Health Committee
HB 389 Antonio-D, Driehaus-D Sexual orientation/gender identity-prohibit discrimination/religious rights Would prevent discrimination OPA Supports Assigned to Community and Family Advancement Comm
HB 50 Pelanda-R, Grossman-R Extends the age for which a person is eligible for federal foster care and adoption assistance to age 21 Would enhance access to mental health and other services for foster youth OPA Supports the Bill Passed the Ohio House-Sent to Senate
SB 240 Eklund-R Extends the age for which a person is eligible for federal foster care and adoption assistance to age 21  Would enhance access to mental health and other services for foster youth  OPA Supports the Bill  Assigned to Senate Finance Committee-may merge with HB 50