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Ohio SB 121



All - we are excited to announce that SB 121 was introduced today to require Tomosynthesis to be included as part of the required screening mammography benefits under health insurance policies.
You can view the legislation under "current version" at the link posted below.

We will be encouraging legislative hearings and will need witnesses to testify so please let me know if you have an interest or could try to make yourself available.  Hearings wouldn't likely be until later this Spring or possibly Fall.

I will also notify you when the bill is referred to committee so you can reach out to the Chairman and encourage hearings on the bill.

Thank you,

Rachel G. Winder

Government Relations Manager

Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

41 South High Street, Suite 2600

Columbus, Ohio 43215-3506


Advocacy Resources

ONS Health Policy Advocacy: https://www.ons.org/advocacy-policy

United State House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/

United State Senate: http://www.senate.gov/

White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative: https://www.whitehouse.gov/CancerMoonshot

NCI Moonshot: http://www.cancer.gov/research/key-initiatives/moonshot-cancer-initiative

American Nurses Association: http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/Policy-Advocacy

Nursing Community: http://www.thenursingcommunity.org/

US House Nursing Caucus http://www.aacn.nche.edu/government-affairs/House-Nursing-Caucus-Members.pdf

US Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/

CMS https://www.cms.gov/

NIH https://www.nih.gov/

NINR https://www.ninr.nih.gov/

FDA http://www.fda.gov/

HRSA http://www.hrsa.gov/index.html 





Congratulations Sue

Sue Faulkner, RN, BSN, OCN as our new Chapter Advocacy Representative

NLN Capitol News

Note- this information is from the online NLN Capital Connections Newsletter:




Does Your School Receive Funding for Your Nursing Program?

October 31, 2017 by Christine Murphy, MA
The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959/S. 1109) reauthorizes or continues the Title VIII nursing workforce development programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).   Reauthorization will allow your school to continue to compete for funding in the form of federal grants for your nursing program.  The Title VIII nursing programs give grants to schools to support nurse faculty production, prepare RN’s and APRN’s, increase opportunities for minority students, supports retention, as well as scholarships and loans to nurses who practice in a nurse shortage area after graduation. 

Without reauthorization, the government may defund or worse eliminate the Title VIII programs.  If your school currently is or has benefited from funding for your nursing program, then ask your Representative and your Senators to support the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017.  





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