OSHSA's advocacy efforts are focused on supporting laws, rules and statutes that enhance, expand and assure practices that benefit the Medicaid Schools Program and the School-Based Health Center models and programs that compliantly and positively impact the select student populations they are designed to serve. Furthermore, OSHSA's positioning as the common voice, information center and chief advocate for the non-profit organizations, schools and school districts, health services providers and private companies attached to these efforts is completed by the advocacy work of the Association.
OSHSA's advocacy work includes Government Agency/Department communications, legislative communications, review, and initiation of legislation via our Government Relations section, lead by Bryan Williams and the Byers-Mitten Group. Some of the initial successes include: the rewrite and passage of HB 89; review and influence on the related rules attached to HB 89; direct liaison work with the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Education and the education and health-related leadership of the appropriate legislative committees in both branches of the legislature.
Additionally, this advocacy work includes regularly updating the field on governmental agency and legislative actions, orders and communications from both the federal and state governments. Please share w/ the Association's Office any questions/suggestions that you believe to be worthy of attention, exploration, and action related to the delivery of related services to Ohio's MSP and School-Based Health Centers efforts for the ultimate benefit of our 1.7 million school children.
OSHSA response/questions to potential changes in Ohio's MSP rules
ODM's response to questions raised by OSHSA email
Government Committee Links
House of Representatives Committee for Health
Senate Committee for Medicaid
House of Representatives Education Committee Members Listing
Senate Committee for Education