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Jan 3 2014
Despite passing two comprehensive overhauls of Ohio’s prescription drug regulations last legislative session, the Ohio General Assembly continues to aggressively pursue legislative solutions to Ohio’s opioid problem.  This fall, members of the House of Representatives introduced at least 12 separate bills aimed at addressing opioid abuse and ... [continue reading]
Nov 4 2013
In September, the Ohio Dental Association’s House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a comprehensive list of legislative initiatives developed by the Task Force on Access to Care and Auxiliary Utilization aimed at improving access to quality, comprehensive dental care. The initiatives are a collection of recommendations compiled by the task ... [continue reading]
Apr 17 2013
In 2010, the Ohio General Assembly, with the backing of the Ohio Dental Association and Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association, created the Oral Health Access Supervision Program (OHASP). OHASP allows dentists to utilize dental hygienists in designated underserved locations outside of the traditional office setting under a relaxed level of ... [continue reading]
Mar 13 2013
November’s election is in the rearview mirror for most observers, and politics is set to take a back seat for another four years.  But for ODPAC, the Ohio Dental Political Action Committee, the work of defending Ohio’s dentists and dental patients is just beginning. Health care is in the midst of transformative change, and many issues ... [continue reading]
Jan 9 2013
2012 was another banner year for the Ohio Dental Association in the legislative arena. The success of this past year can be attributed to an integrated three-prong approach to legislative advocacy that combines focused executive leadership, grassroots advocacy and a strong political action committee. The ODA’s executive committee directs the ... [continue reading]
Dec 10 2012
     On Nov. 14, 2012, the Ohio House Insurance Committee heard testimony from interested parties on House Bill 497, the Ohio Dental Association-supported bill that would prohibit dental insurers from establishing fee schedules on dental services that the insurers do not cover for enrollees.  State Rep. Bob Hackett (R-London) introduced HB ... [continue reading]
May 14 2012
Last month, State Sen. Bill Seitz (R- Cincinnati) and State Rep. Bob Hackett (R-London) introduced legislation which would prohibit dental insurers from establishing fee schedules on dental services that the insurers do not cover for enrollees.   The ODA strongly supports the effort. Sen. Seitz’s proposal, Senate Bill 324, is assigned to ... [continue reading]
Mar 30 2012
by Jackie Best About 140 dentists, dental students and spouses came to Columbus for the ODA Day at the Statehouse on March 14, where they spoke with legislators to help provide dental practices with some “legislative insurance.” “The attendance was excellent – we had dental students represented, and the member dentists coming ... [continue reading]
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