Advocacy

The Ohio AAP’s Advocacy Pillar coordinates the Chapter’s state legislative efforts and overall messaging. Pillar members also aim to be the “experts at the table” for children’s issues in the state of Ohio. 

The pillar leaders spent many hours at the Ohio statehouse, meeting with representatives and other children’s and physician organizations, to advocate for our members and the children of Ohio. We welcome your involvement in this pillar and our advocacy activities. Contact Melissa Wervey Arnold to get involved!

State Legislation Watch List:

  • House Bill 132 – To provide information to families about the school immunization mandate, the bill gives families a “convenience waiver” to skip vaccinations and reporting.  Click here for talking points on why the bill could lead to lower immunization rates and costly outbreaks in Ohio
  • House Bill 19 – To exempt from sales tax the sale of tampons and other feminine hygiene products associated with menstruation. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • House Bill 29 – To prohibit sales of dextromethorphan without a prescription to persons under age 18. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • House Bill 37 – To revise the laws governing nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • House Bill 40 – Regarding testing pregnant women for HIV, syphilis, and gonorrhea. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • House Bill 41 – To provide protections for living organ donors as it relates to insurance coverage. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • House Bill 44 – To make an appropriation to continue to fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children contingent upon a lapse in federal funding. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • House Bill 58 – To establish requirements for electronic benefit transfer cards issued under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • House Bill 60 – To exempt from sales and use tax the sale of diapers designed for infants and toddlers. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • House Bill 63 – Regarding pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacists, and the disclosure to patients of drug price information. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • House Bill 65 – Regarding parental notice of serious risks to the health or safety of children receiving child care. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • Senate Bill 1 – To require certain agencies to reduce the number of regulatory restrictions and to continue the provision of this act on and after August 18, 2019. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • Senate Bill 6 – To regulate temporary child hosting with host families. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • Senate Bill 7 – Regarding temporary state occupational licenses for members of the military and their spouses. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • Senate Bill 9 – To require health plan issuers to release certain claim information to group plan policyholders. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • Senate Bill 14 – Regarding pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacists, and the disclosure to patients of drug price information. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • Senate Bill 19 – To enact the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act to allow family members, household members, and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order that temporarily restricts a person’s access to firearms if that person poses a danger to themselves or others. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • Senate Bill 25 – Regarding work and education requirements for the Medicaid program. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
  • Senate Bill 29 – Regarding Medicaid copayment requirements. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • Senate Bill 43 – To address domestic violence by means of firearms restrictions, penalty enhancements, and a prohibition against strangulation, and to make an appropriation. The Ohio AAP supports.
  • Senate Bill 51 – Regarding non-opioid directives and non-opioid therapies. The Ohio AAP is monitoring.
In the 132nd General Assembly, the Ohio AAP successfully introduced legislation around improving immunization rates, fought back against legislation that would have harmed patients in a hospital setting by eliminating hospital requirements for the flu vaccine for employees, stopped scope of practice expansion from mid level providers, defended pediatricians from rate cuts and protected Ohio’s children from harmful state budget cuts in the BCMH program.
Testimony from the Ohio AAP:
Click a link below to download the word document.
133nd General Assembly Goals (2019-2021) 
1. Improve Ohio’s Immunization Rate and Data
2. Protect Children from Unintentional Firearm Injuries and Suicide
3. Target Special health Needs of Adolescents
4. Injury Prevention
5. State Budget
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