Rep. Lipps Applauds The Passage Of Mobile Dental Facilities Bill
This bill will allow greater access to proper oral health care
November 06, 2019
 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) today applauded the unanimous passage of his legislation, House Bill 203. This legislation will make the services provided by Mobile Dental Facilities (MDF’s) more effective in order to allow greater access to proper oral health care. Dental care is the number one unmet health care need in Ohio. These MDF’s provide access to uninsured and underinsured Ohio families and children.


In a continuous effort to lower health care costs and administrative burden, Representative Lipps introduced HB 203 to limit the likelihood of out of pocket costs for patients. This bill will allow medical records of patients who are serviced at Mobile Dental Facilities to transfer to a dentist office. Ensuring these records follow the patient makes certain they receive effective follow up care, without the possibility of paying for a service they already received at a Mobile Dental Facility.


“This simple bill will effect a massive change,” said Lipps. “Our office has been focused on lowering health care costs and clarifying the purposefully confusing and burdensome healthcare system. This bill does just that.”


The bill will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Surprise medical bills – those unexpected charges that can cost patients hundreds or even thousands of dollars – would become a thing of the past under legislation being proposed in the Ohio House of Representatives.


The measure, introduced today by State Representative Adam Holmes, would end the days of consumers being blindsided by unexpected bills.


“More and more Ohioans are being stuck with surprise medical bills. They deserve action,” said Holmes (R-Nashport). “This legislation is about people, it’s about patients. When you or a loved one is recovering from surgery or a procedure, the last thing you need is more surprises. It’s time to stop playing ‘gotcha’ with patients and let them focus on getting well.”


A “surprise” medical bill is an unexpected bill a patient receives from an out-of-network health care practitioner, such as an anesthesiologist, after receiving care in a hospital or facility that’s in the patient’s insurance network. Because the health care practitioner is out-of-network, patients can be left holding the bill for additional costs not covered by insurance.


One of the things especially frustrating about surprise billing, Holmes said, is that patients often believe the health care professionals caring for them are all in-network.


“Many times, they don’t find out until they receive a surprise bill in the mail,” Holmes said.


According to Stanford University researchers, surprise billing is on the rise across America and so is the expense, with average costs tripling over a seven-year period to more than $2,000 per bill.


A recent poll found that one third of privately-insured Ohioans report having received a surprise medical bill.


The bill represents a free market solution to the problem of surprise billing. Under the legislation, an out-of-network health care professional, who provides care during an in-network procedure, could elect to be paid the in-network rate by the insurance company or could negotiate a different rate with the insurance company.


If no agreement is reached, the health care provider can pursue “baseball style” arbitration. Under this approach each side would submit documentation supporting their position to a neutral, third party arbiter who would make a final, binding decision.


The key, Holmes said, is that regardless of how the issue is decided, it would be resolved between the provider and the insurance company – without the patient being stuck in the middle.


Nearly eight in 10 Americans support legislative action to protect patients from surprise medical bills, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, which found strong support among Democrats, Republicans and independents.


“It’s time to bring consistency and clarity to a complex issue,” Holmes said. “This legislation will protect consumers and give them the peace of mind they deserve,” Holmes said.


 

 
 
  

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) and Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Township) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 197, the "Tax Code Streamlining and Correction Act." HB 197 makes over 100 changes updating laws governing taxation. The legislation makes our tax code accurate and clear by fixing errors.


HB 197 updates the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) sections by addressing typographical errors, incorrect cross-references, removing obsolete sections, and rearranging organizational defects.


“The Tax Code Streamlining and Correction Act is not a flashy bill, but corrects over 100 errors in the tax code,” said Powell. “Today, with a single bill, the Ohio House is fixing decades of accumulated mistakes and errors embedded into our tax laws…mistakes which undermine our legal code.”


“Ohioans and businesses will have a better opportunity to prosper with a clear and accurate tax code,” said Merrin.


This bill has garnered support from the Ohio Society of CPAs, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), County Treasurers Association of Ohio, and the County Auditors Association of Ohio.


HB 197 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill 24, legislation that updates the Ohio Revised Code relating to humane societies and their agents.


HB 24 improves public accountability for humane society organizations and their agents and encourages a more consistent and coordinated enforcement of animal cruelty laws. HB 24 is the culmination of nearly five years of work and 20 different working versions of this legislation.


“This legislation will bring the code up to date with current humane society practices, while improving the public accountability for these organizations and their agents,” said Hambley. “It will likewise encourage a more consistent and coordinated enforcement of animal cruelty laws.”


The legislation takes many steps to update the revised code regarding Humane Society Law, the appointment of Humane Agents and the use of Special Prosecutors. HB 24 requires each county humane society, and the Ohio Humane Society, to submit an annual report of enforcement activities to the appropriate county sheriff.


HB 24 specifies that the records of an enforcement activity by a humane society agent are public records under Ohio Public Records Law, the procedures for the removal from office of a humane society agent for “just cause,” and that a humane society agent is a "public servant" for the purposes of bribery law and is therefore subject to the criminal statute on bribery.


Furthermore, the legislation prohibits a humane society from entering into a written agreement not to prosecute a person for an alleged violation of law unless the agreement has been reviewed and approved by a judge. It also expands the current law, which governs the seizure and impoundment of companion animals, to apply to the seizure and impoundment of any animal when related to a violation of domestic animal law. The written notice, which the impounding officer must provide to the owner, must be given not later than 24 hours after the animal was seized and impounded.


The law governing the amount of bond that a court may determine must be provided by the owner of the animal for the care of the animal during impoundment is modified in HB 24 using a “necessary and reasonable” standard. Additionally, the minimum monthly salary of humane agents for human agents is also increased for the first time since 1953. HB 24 also gives County Commissioners the flexibility to pay for the Humane Agents and appointed prosecuting attorneys of animal abuse cases out of the general fund or the dog and kennel fund, as they so choose.


House Bill 24 passed the Ohio House unanimously and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – A proposed constitutional amendment to protect Ohio’s critical infrastructure from foreign influence and control has been introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives by State Representatives Jamie Callender and Don Manning.


“We are troubled by the growing trend of foreign entities acquiring or financing some of our country’s most critical infrastructure – the power plants, electric transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines, and water treatment plants that are vital to the welfare and safety of Ohioans,” said Callender (R-Concord).


Backers of the Ohio Critical Infrastructure Protection Amendment are aiming to place the issue before voters in November 2020.


Earlier this week, supporters turned in nearly 850,000 signatures backing the proposal. A statewide poll found 79 percent of Ohioans surveyed believed foreign companies and individuals should be banned from having majority ownership of critical infrastructure in Ohio.


A report to Congress by the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission has noted the Communist Party of China has used state-backed enterprises as the primary economic tool to advance and achieve its national security objectives.


The Ohio Critical Infrastructure Protection Amendment would prohibit foreign businesses and individuals from having a majority ownership interest in critical infrastructure located in Ohio, including power plants, intrastate electric transmission lines and pipelines, and water treatment plants.


Additional ownership restrictions in the plan include barring foreign companies and individuals from holding or acquiring any share of stock or other interests in a corporation or entity which would grant them access to any of the following:



  • Non-public technical information about critical infrastructure;

  • Membership or observer rights on the corporation’s or entity’s board of directors;

  • Any other involvement in substantive decision making regarding critical infrastructure or critical infrastructure technology.


Under the Ohio Critical Infrastructure Protection Amendment, owners of critical infrastructure would be required to disclose information regarding their ownership, governance and other details to the Ohio Secretary of State. If it is determined there is foreign ownership, the owner of the critical infrastructure would have one year to divest.


Manning (R-New Middletown) said current federal law provides some protection for critical infrastructure, but believes Ohio can and must do more.


“Energy security in Ohio means economic security for Ohioans,” said Manning said. “But we cannot have economic security until we better protect Ohio’s power grid and other critical infrastructure from foreign control.”

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – The Ohio House of Representatives has approved State Representative Derek Merrin’s legislation to make local property tax ballot issues simpler and easier to understand.


Language voters find on their ballots describing local levy proposals is outdated and confusing. That would change under House Bill 76.


“When Ohioans vote, they shouldn’t need a calculator to figure out what they’re voting on. The language describing a proposed levy should be clear, concise and easy to understand. That’s common sense – and that’s what this plan does,” Merrin said.


Merrin (R-Monclova Township) said that beginning in 1939, state law required millage to be expressed in a dollar amount related to $100 of property value – a great idea, given the complexities of the way property tax millage is calculated. Unfortunately, he added, state law hasn’t kept up with the times and has become antiquated.


Merrin’s bill would require ballot language and election notices to convey a proposed property tax levy’s rate in dollars for each $100,000 of a property’s fair market value, instead of in dollars for each $100 of taxable value.


“This is not only easier to understand, but it is consistent with how news outlets and levy campaign supporters often describe a levy proposal,” Merrin said.


The bill would also require ballot language and election notices to include an estimate of how much the levy would collect annually.


Similar language was included in the state budget earlier this year, but later vetoed by Governor Mike DeWine.


House Bill 76, which was approved 54-39, now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Twp.) today announced the Ohio House’s passage of legislation he sponsored, House Bill 65, or “Chase’s Law.” This bill will require any childcare providers licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to notify parents if ODJFS determines that the provider allowed serious risk to a child’s safety.


Chase Ward, the bill’s namesake, was only two years old when his caretakers left him behind after a field trip, accidentally abandoning him near a busy street in Westerville. Though he was recovered safely, the daycare did not inform his parents until three days post-incident and was never under any obligation to notify the parents of other children receiving care. Current law does not require childcare providers to notify parents, beyond those immediately affected, that an incident causing serious risk to a child occurred, even if ODJFS has investigated and made an official determination. This legislation ensures that Ohio parents will be made aware of unsafe behaviors or incidents at the place with which they have entrusted the care of their children.


“I’m grateful to my colleagues for their overwhelming bipartisan support of Chase’s Law,” said Rep. Carfagna. “Entrusting the care and safety of our children to others is a sacred commitment. When that trust is compromised in the most pronounced of circumstances, at minimum there should be a duty to notify the parents of other children under the same care so they can then make informed decisions.”


Specific requirements under House Bill 65 include that the notification must be provided to parents within 15 business days of the official ODJFS determination of noncompliance. Alternately, in the event that the daycare requests a review of the determination of noncompliance, parental notice will be provided within five business days of the completion of the ODJFS review. The bill endeavors to further support parents by making them aware of little-known ODJFS resources regarding individual risk determinations. Under the bill, notices sent to parents must include references to the ODJFS website, encouraging recipients to take advantage of the online information.


House Bill 65 strives to provide parents with peace of mind and with up-to-date information about their child’s wellbeing, as well as accountability and due process for childcare providers.


House Bill 65 is supported by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospitals in Dayton, Akron and Cincinnati, University Hospitals Cleveland and ProMedica. HB 65 passed the Ohio House with 89 affirmative votes and one negative vote and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Hoops (R-Napoleon) announced today the House passage of House Bill 295, legislation that cleans up outdated and conflicting state vehicle code definitions to make it clear that Low-Speed Electric Scooters are permitted on the road. HB 295 gives riders of Low-Speed Electric Scooters similar rights and responsibilities as cyclists.


“With the ever changing modes of transportation it is important to keep the rules up to date with these changes.” Hoops said. “This legislation puts in place a minimum set of rules for any person using or operating a low-speed scooter. It also maintains control and authority at the local level, which is very important. I feel the communities know better than anyone else what is needed. This just gives them a blueprint to work from.”


HB 295 allows Low-Speed Electric Scooters to be ridden on roadways and bicycle lanes and paths where bicycles may be ridden. It requires the scooters to have appropriate lighting, sets a speed limit of 15 mph, sets the operation age of these scooters to 16 years of age, and sets the criminal code violations akin to e-bicycles. The operators of these scooters must also yield to pedestrians.


Additionally, the bill allows municipalities, counties, townships, metropolitan park districts, township park districts, and recreation districts to regulate or prohibit the use of Low-Speed Electric Scooters within their jurisdiction.


HB 295 passed the Ohio House and now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
  

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) issued the following statement today in response to news that backers of a referendum on House Bill 6 have failed to garner sufficient support to place the issue on the ballot:


“I am pleased that House Bill 6 will go into effect at midnight tonight and am confident it will produce positive results for Ohio.


First, HB 6 will save the operation of two Ohio nuclear power plants that produce 15 percent of Ohio’s power, employ thousands of Ohio workers and generate 90 percent of all carbon-free electricity generated in Ohio.


House Bill 6 will also benefit Ohio’s solar power industry. These solar projects that will be made possible by HB 6 will generate far more solar power than has been produced in all the years since the failed ‘RPS’ bill passed in 2008.


Ohio electric customers will save money because of HB 6, which will trigger a net reduction in charges on residential and business electric bills.


Despite the claims of a well-coordinated environmental lobby, the RPS approach – though well-intended – has not worked for Ohio as promised.  To a great extent, utilities have diverted money from Ohio customers to renewable projects in other states, and expensive renewable energy credits paid by our businesses have gone to wind producers in Texas instead of making Ohio investments. Ohio needs to develop a better approach to achieve results in our state with respect to renewable energy.


We should be focused on energy policy that works for Ohio and Ohioans. That’s what HB 6 begins to do. 


The Ohio House looks forward to working on future energy legislation which benefits our state and its people.”

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) announced the following changes to House Standing and Special Committees:


House Standing Committees:


Aging and Long-Term Care:


Appoint: Representative D.J. Swearingen (R-Port Clinton) as Vice-Chair


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R- Harrison)


Remove: Representative Bill Reineke (R-Fremont)


Agriculture and Rural Development:


Appoint: Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester)


Remove: Representative Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)


Civil Justice:


Appoint: Representative Derek Merrin (R-Sylvania)


Remove: Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City)


Commerce and Labor:


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison)


Remove: Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)


Economic and Workforce Development:


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R- Kitts Hill)


Remove: Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)


Federalism:


Appoint: Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance)


Appoint: Representative Candice Keller (R-Middletown)


Remove: Representative Doug Green (R- Mt.Orab)


Finance:


Appoint: Representative Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) 


Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education


Appoint: Representative Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg)


Financial Institutions:


Appoint: Representative Derek Merrin (R-Sylvania)


Appoint: Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)


Health


Appoint: Representative Adam Holmes (R-Nashport)


Remove: Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield)


Higher Education:


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison)


Primary and Secondary Education:


Appoint: Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport) as Chair


Appoint: Representative Susan Manchester (R- Waynesfield) as Vice-Chair


Appoint: Representative Bill Roemer (R-Richfield)


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill)


Public Utilities:


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison)


State and Local Government


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) as Vice-Chair


Appoint: Representative D.J. Swearingen (R-Port Clinton)


Remove: Representative Timothy Ginter (R-Salem)


Ways and Means:


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill)


Remove: Representative Bill Reineke (R-Fremont)


Remove: Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville)


House Special Committees:


Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Legislative Task Force:


Appoint: Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)


Appoint: Representative Timothy Ginter (R-Salem)


Appoint: Representative Randi Clites (D- Ravenna)


Appoint: Chad Hawley (Public Member)


Appoint: Christopher Gerdes (Public Member)


Appoint: Lauryn Tubesing (Public Member)


Study Committee on Dropout Prevention and Recovery Schools:


Appoint: Representative Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)


Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures:


Appoint: Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)


Appoint: Representative Beth Liston (D-Dublin)


Appoint: Amy Bush Stevens (Public Member)


Appoint: Veronica Sims (Public Member)


Commission on Infant Mortality:


Appoint: Erika Clark Jones (Public Member)


Report Card Study Committee


Appoint: Representative Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo)


 

 
 
  
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