On March 29, 2019, State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-District 27) introduced legislation – House Bill 177, the Better Access to Better Care Act – that serves to expand access to vital health care services for Ohioans across the state by eliminating Ohio’s Standard Collaboration Agreement.
Since its introduction, HB 177 has had several hearings in the Ohio House Health Committee. At both Proponents and Interested Parties hearings, a diverse coalition of supporters representing various stakeholders and points of view including AARP, Americans for Prosperity, Ohio Council for Homecare and Hospice, the Buckeye Institute, and the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging joined OAAPN in testifying in support of the bill.
Please visit Ohioans for Healthcare Access, the website for our growing coalition of supporters, where you can learn more, send your Representative a letter of support, and share your story to ensure that lawmakers across the state hear the message that Ohio can do better!
In a press statement, OAAPN President Joscelyn Greaves highlighted the challenges Ohio patients face and called on the Ohio legislature to pass HB 177 to ensure that Ohioans receive access to the care they need and deserve.