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    Ohio Insurance Legislation 2017-2018

    Pending and Enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly
    Current through November 14, 2018

    Listed below are the bills affecting the insurance industry that are pending or were enacted in the 132nd Ohio General Assembly which opened in January 2017 and will conclude in December 2018.

    We include links to the full text of the legislation which include the most recently available analysis from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. The bills are listed by number from the most recently introduced to the earliest with House bills listed first, followed by Senate bills.

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    H.B. 744 - Living Donations
    Sponsored by Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp)

    Prohibits insurers from discriminating against living organ donors.
    Chronology
    October 15, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2018 Referred to Insurance Committee


    H.B. 739 - Chiropractic Coverage
    Sponsored by Representative Michael O'Brien (D-Warren)

    Requires health insurers and the Medicaid program to provide coverage for chiropractic and other services when prescribed as alternatives to opioid analgesics.
    Chronology
    October 10, 2018 Introduced in the House
    November 13, 2018 Referred to Insurance Committee


    H.B. 567 - Long-Term Care Insurance
    Sponsored by Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)

    Imposes limitations on long-term care premium rate increases.
    Chronology
    March 20, 2018 Introduced in the House
    April 10, 2018 Referred to Aging & Long Term Care Committee


    H.B. 546 - Telemedicine
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Prohibits health benefit plans from treating telemedicine services differently from in-person health care services solely because they are provided as telemedicine services.
    Chronology
    March 13, 2018 Introduced in the House
    March 20, 2018 Referred to Health Committee


    H.B. 536 - Emergency Care
    Sponsored by Representative Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati)

    Prohibits health plan issuers, including those participating in the Medicaid care management system, from implementing any form of selective emergency services coverage.
    Chronology
    March 1, 2018 Introduced in the House
    March 6, 2018 Referred to Insurance Committee


    H.B. 479 - Drug Price Information
    Sponsored by Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)

    Regarding pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacists, and the disclosure to patients of drug price information.
    Chronology
    January 24, 2018 Introduced in the House
    January 30, 2018 Referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee
    May 22, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 27, 2018 Passed in House 75-0


    H.B. 465 - Medicaid Drug Benefits
    Sponsored by Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)

    Provides for the prescribed drugs benefit to be delivered under the Medicaid program through the fee-for-service system.
    Chronology
    January 17, 2018 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 450 - Health Benefits
    Sponsored by Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

    Imposes review and other requirements on existing health insurance mandated benefits and establishes requirements for the creation of new mandated benefits.
    Chronology
    December 12, 2017 Introduced in the House
    January 16, 2018 Referred to Government Accountability & Oversight Committee


    H.B. 440 - Health Care
    Sponsored by Representative Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo)

    Establishes and operates the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.
    Chronology
    December 7, 2017 Introduced in the House
    January 16, 2018 Referred to Insurance Committee


    H.B. 416 - Health Insurance
    Sponsored by Representative Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

    Regarding the provision of cost estimates for scheduled health care services and health care services requiring insurer preauthorization.
    Chronology
    November 16, 2017 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 399 - Health Insurance
    Sponsored by Representative Mike Henne (R-Clayton)

    Enacts the Ohio Right to Shop Act to require health insurers to establish shared savings incentive programs for enrollees.
    Chronology
    October 31, 2017 Introduced in the House
    November 28, 2017 Referred to Health Committee


    H.B. 367 - Dental Insurance
    Sponsored by Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)

    Prohibits a health insurer from establishing a fee schedule for dental providers for services that are not covered by any contract or participating provider agreement between the health insurer and the dental provider.
    Chronology
    October 2, 2017 Introduced in the House
    October 10, 2017 Referred to Insurance Committee
    May 23 2018 Reported out of committee


    H.B. 248 - Drug Coverage
    Sponsored by Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood)

    Regarding coverage for prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, the provision of certain hospital and pregnancy prevention services for victims of sexual assault, the dispensing of hormonal contraceptives to adults without a prescription, and comprehensive sexual health and sexually transmitted infection education in schools.
    Chronology
    May 24, 2017 Introduced in the House


    H.B. 197 - EMT Reimbursement
    Sponsored by Representative Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

    Provides for insurance reimbursement for EMT services in nonemergency situations.
    Chronology
    May 2, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 9, 2017 Referred to Insurance Committee


    H.B. 156 - Vision Care
    Sponsored by Representative Kirk Schuring (R-Canton)

    Regarding limitations imposed by health insurers on vision care services.
    Chronology
    March 23, 2017 Introduced in the House
    May 1, 2017 Referred to Insurance Committee
    April 11, 2018 Reported out of committee
    June 27, 2018 Passed in House 75-2
    November 14, 2018 Moved to Senate and referred to Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee


    H.B. 72 - Step Therapy
    Sponsored by Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott)

    Adopts requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid.
    Chronology
    February 21, 2017 Introduced in the House
    February 28, 2017 Referred to Health Committee


    H.B. 7 - Medical Provider Immunity
    Sponsored by Representative Robert Cupp (R-Lima)

    Grants qualified civil immunity to certain medical providers who provide emergency medical services as a result of a disaster; provides that certain communications made regarding an unanticipated outcome of medical care, the development or implementation of standards under federal laws, and an insurer's reimbursement policies on health care are inadmissible as evidence in a medical claim; provides that medical bills itemizing charges are inadmissible as evidence and an amount accepted as full payment for medical services is admissible as evidence of the reasonableness of the charges; specifies the manner of sending a notice of intent to file a medical claim and provide a procedure for the discovery of other potential claims within a specified period after the filing of a medical claim; provides that any loss of a chance of recovery or survival by itself is not an injury, death, or loss for which damages may be recovered; provides civil immunity to certain medical providers regarding the discharge of a patient with a mental condition that threatens the safety of the patient or others; requires that governmental agencies that receive peer review committee records maintain their confidentiality; and clarifies the definition of "medical claim."
    Chronology
    February 1, 2017 Introduced in the House
    February 8, 2017 Referred to Civil Justice Committee


    S.B. 302 - Health Equity Policies
    Sponsored by Senator Charleta Tavares (D-Columbus)

    Creates the Health and Equity in All Policies Initiative and the Health and Equity Interagency Team.
    Chronology
    May 23, 2018 Introduced in the Senate
    June 5, 2018 Referred to Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee


    S.B. 265 - Pharmacy Services
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls)

    Permits certain health insurers to provide payment or reimbursement for services lawfully provided by a pharmacist and recognizes pharmacist services in certain other laws.
    Chronology
    February 22, 2018 Introduced in the Senate
    March 21, 2018 Referred to Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee


    S.B. 227 - Health Plan Claims
    Sponsored by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima)

    Requires health plan issuers to release certain claim information to group plan policyholders.
    Chronology
    November 2, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    November 15, 2017 Referred to Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee
    May 22, 2018 Reported out of committee
    May 23, 2018 Passed in Senate 30-0
    June 5, 2018 Moved to House and referred to Insurance Committee

     


    S.B. 121 - Mammography Coverage
    Sponsored by Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Twp)

    Includes tomosynthesis as part of required screening mammography benefits under health insurance policies.
    Chronology
    March 30, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    April 26, 2017 Referred to Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee


    S.B. 99 - Medicaid Enrollment
    Sponsored by Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Twp)

    Prohibits the Medicaid program from newly enrolling individuals as part of the expansion eligibility group.
    Chronology
    March 14, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    March 15, 2017 Referred to Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee


    S.B. 93 - Hearing Aid Coverage
    Sponsored by Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo)

    Requires health insurers to offer coverage for hearing aids.
    Chronology
    March 7, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    March 15, 2017 Referred to Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee


    S.B. 91 - Universal Health Care
    Sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood)

    Establishes and operates the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.
    Chronology
    March 7, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    March 15, 2017 Referred to Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee


    S.B. 87 - Dental Services
    Sponsored by Senator Bob Hackett(R-London)

    Prohibits a health insurer from establishing a fee schedule for dental providers for services that are not covered by any contract or participating provider agreement between the health insurer and the dental provider.
    Chronology
    March 2, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    March 7, 2017 Referred to Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee


    S.B. 56 - Step Therapy
    Sponsored by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering

    Adopts requirements related to step therapy protocols implemented by health plan issuers and the Department of Medicaid.
    Chronology
    February 15, 2017 Introduced in the Senate
    February 15, 2017 Referred to Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee