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The Ohio General Assembly is on Summer Break, so the Ohio ACEP Advocacy Update will be taking July off. We look forward to bringing you the latest policy and advocacy news when we return in August!

Ohio ACEP Government Affairs:

Bradley Raetzke, MD, FACEP

Co-Chair, Ohio ACEP Government Affairs

Matthew Sanders, DO, FACEP

Co-Chair, Ohio ACEP Government Affairs

Amanda Sines

Ohio ACEP Lobbyist
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In this issue:
Governor Signs Bill Granting Immunity to Overdose Patients, Witnesses
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Governor Signs Bill Granting Immunity to Overdose Patients, Witnesses

Ohio becomes 38th state to enact a â€œ911 Good Samaritan” law

On Monday, June 13, Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio’s new “911 Good Samaritan” law, House Bill 110, which encourages individuals who experience or witness a drug overdose to seek medical attention. Sponsored... [Read more]

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From National ACEP

Support Fair Coverage and Stand With ACEP on Behalf of Your Patients
Nine in 10 emergency physicians responding to a new poll say that health insurance companies are misleading patients by offering “affordable” premiums for policies that actually cover very little. ACEP President Dr. Jay Kaplan said health insurance companies are creating narrow networks of medical providers to increase profits. Read more, watch a video, and contact your state lawmakers online.

ACEP President Calls For Improving Medical Responses To Mass Shootings
In an exclusive interview with Modern Healthcare, the American College of Emergency Physicians President Dr. Jay Kaplan “called for more data on injuries and improved emergency response measures to better treat victims of gun violence” when mass shootings occur. Dr. Kaplan said, “We need to better understand how to take care of these patients. The battlefield has been brought to our communities.” ACEP’s High Threat Emergency Casualty Task Force will work with researchers and public policy experts to improve responses to mass shootings with evidence-based guidelines. Check out Dr. Kaplan's interview:
ACEP Applauds House Passage of Mental Health Legislation
Following Congressional progress toward providing more resources for patients with serious mental illness, ACEP applauded passage of H.R. 2646 “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015” by the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee. “This legislation is a critical step to helping the millions of people who come to emergency departments with psychiatric emergencies because of the severe shortages of mental health resources in the United States,” said ACEP President Dr. Jay Kaplan. Read the full statement.

ACEP President Recommends More Research, Preparation for Gun Violence Response
ACEP Dr. Jay Kaplan visited Washington, D.C. days after the Orlando mass shooting to meet with House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Congressional staff members about gun violence and the need for more research. "The battlefield has been brought to our communities," Dr. Kaplan said. Watch what else he says about the issue and ACEP's creation of a High Threat Task Force:
Gun Violence - ACEP's High Threat Task Force

Policy News & Opinion

The Perils of 'Affordable' Health Insurance Plans
By ACEP President Dr. Jay Kaplan for MedPage Today
May 29, 2016

Heroin, painkiller overdose antidote getting easier to buy
Associated Press
June 3, 2016

The Untold Story of America’s Opioid Addiction
By EM physician Dr. Jeremy Samuel Faust for Slate
June 3, 2016

Prescriptions for opioids fall in Ohio, but addiction continues to kill at alarming rates
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 8, 2016

Sooner or later, you will need the ER. Will it be there?
By EM physician Dr. Myles Riner for
June 8, 2016

As Terror Strikes Orlando, AMA Tackles Violence
MedPage Today
June 12, 2016

Fighting Obamacare, many red states find fewer tools to fight opioid addiction epidemic
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2016

States’ Expansion of Medicaid Tied to Better Care for Low-Income Adults
June 14, 2016

Leadership and Advocacy Conference Informative, Inspirational for Emergency Medicine Residents
June 15, 2015

Study Promotes Battlefields’ Lessons To Advance National Trauma Care
Kaiser Health News
June 17, 2016

White House makes last-ditch plea for opioid funding
The Hill
June 19, 2016

Study: Health spending $2.6 trillion less than expected
The Hill
June 20, 2016

Survey: Fewer having problems affording healthcare
The Hill
June 20, 2016

Our GOP plan to replace Obamacare
Op-Ed by Rep. Kevin Brady for USA Today
June 22, 2016

GOP health insurance plan would make workers pay tax on benefits
USA Today
June 22, 2016

Doctors Need to Join Gun Control Fight, Medical Journal Argues
NBC News
June 22, 2016

Americans are shouldering more and more of their health-care costs
The Washington Post’s WonkBlog
June 27, 2016

U.S. Doctors Call Gun Violence a ‘Public Health Crisis’
June 27, 2016

A Safe Space: Violence Toward Emergency Department Providers Isn’t Just Part of the Job
June 28, 2016

Doctors Wrestle With Mixed Messages When Deciding Whether To Prescribe Painkillers
Kaiser Health News
June 28, 2016

Doctors say government shares blame in opioid epidemic
June 29, 2016


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