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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

2017 ONS Capital Hill Days

The 2017 ONS Capitol Hill Days will be held Wednesday, September 6–Thursday, September 7, in Washington, DC.

What to Expect

On Day 1, attendees will spend the day earning continuing nursing education contact hours and learning about advocacy, the current political environment, CMS and the Oncology Care Model, ONS’s policy agenda, and more. Day 2 will find attendees on Capitol Hill meeting with their state representative or senators.

As a bonus, all ONS Capitol Hill Days attendees are invited to the launch of the ONS Center for Advocacy and Health Policy on the evening of Tuesday, September 5. 

Application Process

ONS will be seeking applications, including a letter of recommendation, from members across the United States to join us for these two days of education, networking, and advocacy. With only 100 slots available for this educational training conference, one representative per chapter is urged to apply. We are also seeking a wide geographic representation to demonstrate ONS’ national appeal, so don’t be shy in applying from the farthest reaches of the country.

Apply Now

The application process for the 2017 ONS Capitol Hill Days is now open. Talk to your chapter leaders, and apply to represent your chapter in DC before Monday, July 17. Please contact hilldays@ons.org with any questions.

Congratulations Sue

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

September Capitol News

September Will Be Busy Month for Congress 
With a short legislative calendar next month — only 12 days when both chambers are scheduled to be in session (the Senate has a few extra days on its timetable) — Congress’ September agenda is packed with several must-pass bills. Atop the to-do list is funding the government by September 30th, the end of the federal fiscal year, and raising the debt limit by September 29th, when the Treasury Department estimates the government would be in danger of defaulting on its borrowing obligations. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has called on Congress to pass a “clean” debt limit increase, meaning one that’s free of partisan policy riders. It is likely that a debt limit increase would be attached to the spending bill. The spending bill, which could be a 12-bill omnibus or a continuing resolution if talks break down, has its own pressure points.

Congressional Republicans are pushing for funding to begin construction of wall or fence along the southern border, one of the President’s key campaign promises. Democrats, however, have warned that’s a nonstarter. The President has signaled that he’s willing to shutdown the government if money for the wall is excluded from the 2018 spending bills. Congressional leadership have tried to quash any rhetoric regarding a shutdown, but the path to avoiding a shutdown is murky since border wall funding is just one issue that needs resolved in addition to the pressure of providing financial relief for Hurricane Harvey.

Increasing the debt limit and funding the government are the two major hurdles that Congress must overcome this September but they’re not the only ones. Authorizations for the Federal Aviation Administration, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the National Flood Insurance Program are all scheduled to expire September 30th absent congressional action. House and Senate committees of jurisdiction have been working on packages that would both reauthorize and overhaul these programs, but with a short calendar and contentious proposals to work through, Congress may punt on the larger measures and just pass-short term reauthorizations.

CHIP, which helps states provide health care access for poor children whose families do not directly qualify for Medicaid, has bipartisan support. Since Congress failed to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, some lawmakers have discussed using the CHIP reauthorization as a vehicle for policy changes needed to help stabilize the health insurance market.

HELP Committee Hearing on ACA Exchanges
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will hear from state insurance commissioners and governors September 6th and 7th as part of an effort to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) exchanges. The bipartisan approach comes after Senate Republicans failed in July to pass a bill to repeal and replace the ACA. Additionally, Governors John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and John Kasich (R-OH) are working on their own set of bipartisan proposals to address rising premiums and market instability, including raising the minimum number of employees that would trigger a requirement for companies to provide health insurance coverage.


Note- this information is from the NLN Capital Connections Newsletter