The first week of full-on floor work has passed and the coming week is expected to be much lighter as the legislature will take off toward the end of the week for spring break. Here are a few highlights from this week:
  • SB458, the APRN and nurse midwife scope of practice bill passed the Senate floor. The title remained off the bill.
  • HB2154, which extends certain protections against assault and battery against health care professionals to all health care facility personnel, passed the House floor.
  • HB2748, which would prohibit health plans providing coverage for certain conditions from requiring patients to prove a history of failure on certain drugs before covering another drug, passed the House floor.
  • Two measures – SB597 and HB2793 – that would allow more people to serve on the Oklahoma State Medical Board passed floor hearings.
  • Measures proposed by the Health Minds Policy Initiative designed to improve access to mental health services – SB444 and SB442 – passed floor hearings.
Also, please make time to attend Medicine Day and Immunization Day at the capitol on March 21. Immunization Day starts at noon at the Oklahoma State Medical Association, 313 NE 50th in Oklahoma City with training and lunch. Then, participants will go to the capitol for visits. To register for Immunization Day, go to 2023 Immunization Day at the Capitol Tickets, Tue, Mar 21, 2023 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite Medicine Day will start at the capitol at 1:30 in the 4th floor rotunda with a briefing and then legislative visits. Then it will conclude with a reception from 5-7 at the Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd, with music provided by Rep. Deck, of Norman. Medicine Day is a come and go event and registration is not required. It is designed so that you can attend Immunization Day as well if you like.

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