July Legislative Update
Summer OAFP Legislative Update
July 19, 2013
Leavitt Partners Report
With the release of the Leavitt Partners report a few weeks ago, state leaders will be deciding whether they support the recommendations for health care reform. A major recommendation in the proposal is to expand the successful Insure Oklahoma program that is scheduled to end on December 31st, 2013.
In the meantime, the Governor’s office is negotiating with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a one-year extension of the current Insure Oklahoma program. CMS has reiterated its openness to negotiate an extension but still has concerns; mainly cost sharing and enrollment cap provisions that are pieces of the current program.
Interim Studies Approved
There is a wide range of interim study topics that will be looked at this fall ranging from county roads and bridges to health care. The senate has a list of 55 studies while the house members requested 134 studies.The Speaker approved 68 of the requests. We will be monitoring about 20 studies between now and the 2014 session.
This past session we saw a bill that would allow patients direct access (no physician prescription required) to physical therapy. The Speaker of the House has approved a study of the issue.
Other approved studies in the House include youth access to substances, requirements that students receive instruction in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators, access to health care for women, children and families and also means testing for welfare recipients to improve health of the nuclear family.
In the Senate, topics approved for study include the use of tobacco tax revenue for funding health insurance premiums, ways to improve organ donation, and possible changes to Medicaid by providing holistic, patient centered care while making tools available to allow people to transition out of the program. Requests were approved in both houses to study the use and possible regulation of e-cigarettes and other harm reduction techniques.
This fall we will be rolling out Grassroots Online that will keep you updated and in the loop about important legislative issues. A grassroots alert, along with talking points, will be sent to you and in turn you will call your respective representative or senator to oppose or support legislation. The alert will inform you who your legislator is, the legislative assistant’s name and a phone number to contact them. We will have the capability to attach talking points and target certain legislators.
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