Legislative Updates

January Legislative Update: Reform Proposals on DIR Fees

OPA joins a large coalition of national pharmacy groups in applauding the latest version of the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act, ...

December Legislative Update: Expanding LAI and Medicaid PBMs

On November 5, OPA Independent Special Interest Group Chair Mimi Hart and OPA Director of Government & Pubic Affairs Antonio Ciaccia went to the Ohio Statehouse to provide testimony in support of HB 341, which seeks to expand the portfolio of medications that pharmacists can administer to patients.

October Legislative Update: Senators Brown and Portman push for DIR fee reforms

Ohio is ground zero for pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) disruption. OPA has spent significant time and resources breaking open the black box, and working with ...

September Legislative Update: CBD in Medical Marijuana Law

Governor Mike DeWine has signed SB 57, sponsored by Senator Steve Huffman and former Senator Brian Hill, which adjusts the Ohio medical marijuana laws by authorizing the sale of

August Legislative Update: Fixing the Broken Medicaid Payment Model

On July 18, Governor Mike DeWine signed the state budget bill, obliterating the current pharmacy benefits system ...

June Legislative Update: Ohio lawsuit against PBM

In March, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that he was filing a lawsuit against PBM OptumRx over the nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges on prescription drugs...

May Legislative Update: CareSource announced its intent to implement a new, integrated approach...

CareSource, a leading nonprofit multi-state health plan serving government sponsored programs, announced its intent to implement a new, integrated approach...

April Legislative Update: PBM “spread pricing” in Ohio Medicaid managed care

Early this year, amid growing controversy over rising drug costs and declining pharmacy reimbursements, the state of Ohio officially ended the practice of ...

March Legislative Update: The Fight Isn't Over Yet

The fight to lower drug costs for Ohioans isn’t over yet. OPA is pleased to announce that Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin) and Representative Thomas West (D-Canton) have introduced...

February Legislative Update: 132nd General Assembly in Review

Three key pharmacy bills that were in the process of advancing through the legislature at the end of 2018 landed on the desk of Governor John Kasich...