Bill Box – State Legislation & Alerts

Updated 7/23/2014

Below are selected bills that OPA is following. For more information on these bills, contact Bobbie Celeste, Ph.D., 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
HB 59
Amstutz-R
Medicaid extended to 138% of poverty. Allows parents and singles to qualify for much needed health care insurance. Large influx of funds for mental health and substance abuse services for new individual. OPA heavily supported this. BECAME LAW! State Controlling Bd. voted to allow federal funds to come to Ohio.
Supreme Ct. agreed.
Seitz-R
Executive order and part of budget bill.
Autism covered for the exchanges & state employees; behavioral analysts to be certified by Psychology Board. Access to treatment and accountability for ABA providers. OPA worked hard on this. Effective 1.30.14
HB 83
Hackett-R
Psychology practice-revise relevant law. Adds category for retired psychologists; multicultural CE added to ethics category; fee increases in 2016; limited subpoena power. OPA supported PASSED! Governor signed Dec. 19.
Rules not written yet.
Some changes don’t take effect until the 2016-2018 biennium.
SB 43
Burke- R Tavares-D
Civil commitment/treatment of mentally ill-change laws Adds outpatient treatment options in addition to current involuntary hospitalization. OPA supports Governor signed 6.17.14.
Awaiting effective date.
HB 123
Wachmann-R Gonzales-R
Health Insurance-cover telehealth services in Medicaid and private insurers if desired Allows payment for providing telehealth by psychologists if provided in OPA supported
PASSED! January 2014
HB 130
Fedor-D
Human Trafficking-punish perpetrators and buyers. Discouraging child abuse. OPA supports Governor signed 6.20.14. Awaiting effective date.
HB 163
McGregor-R Antonio-D
Non-discrimination on basis of sex orientation employment. Prevent harm based on sexual orientation. OPA supports but bill is not moving Com, Labor, Tech Comm
HB 332
Wachmann-R
Antonio-D
Opiod treatment of chronic pain-standards and procedures. Emphasize psychological screening and treatment. OPA wants changes Drs. Gary Sipps and Cynthia Van Keuren have testified as interested parties.
HB 316
Wachmann-R
Medicaid-covered community behavioral health services. Provides access to psychological services. OPA supports House Health and Aging Committee
HB 378
Smith-R
Sprague-R
Physicians-no drugs for opioid dependence unless patient is also counseled. Behavioral treatments required in addition to meds. OPA supports with changes. Seeking clarification of appropriate counseling and behavioral treatment. House Health and Aging Committee
HB 369
Smith-R
Sprague-R
Opioid addiction treatment/recovery housing projects Promotes evidence based integrated treatment. OPA supports, Rep. Sprague spoke at Legislative Day and this was our main advocacy request. Got into the budget HB 483. Effective 9.15.14.
SB 131
Tavares-D
Health care professionals-complete instruction in cultural competency. Require certain health care professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency. OPA supports, but bill is not moving Medicaid, Health & Human Services
SB 151
Tavares-D
Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program Require the Director of Health to establish the Ohio Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program. OPA supports Medicaid, Health & Human Services
SB 252
Patton-R
Worker’s Comp-peace officers/firefighters-benefits for PTSD without physical injury To make peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers diagnosed with PTSD arising from employment without an accompanying physical injury eligible for compensation and benefits under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Law. OPA supports Finance
SB 118
Tavares-D
Revised code regarding insurance of telemedicine services. Psychologists are not included in the bill. OPA opposed unless changed to add psychologists. Insurance and Financial Institutions