Issues Impacting Oklahoma Doctors

“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

COVID, Vaccinations, Medical Transparency, Lawsuit Reform, Health Care Authority Board Members, Scope of Practice Restrictions…and the list goes on! There are numerous legislative challenges facing physicians today, which is why it is essential to be involved and engaged in the legislative session. As your advocates at the State Capitol, the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) works to keep you informed about issues impacting your patients and your practice.

The 2022 State Legislative Agenda has been approved by OSMA’s Board. This agenda lays the foundation of our policy when considering positions on proposed Legislation:

  • Lawsuit Reform: Maintain our recent gains and provide greater protections for physicians. Promote access to care by providing physicians with a stable and lower-cost medical liability system.

  • Scope of Practice: Defend against any legislation that would expand the scopes of practice for mid-level providers without the approval of the Patients First Coalition. Support efforts to ensure that allopathic and osteopathic physicians are appropriately referenced in any legislation dealing with medical procedures. Oppose any legislation that could jeopardize patient safety or create a “two-tiered” system of care for patients on Medicaid or who live in medically underserved areas.

  • Physician Practice: Oppose legislation that would mandate specific courses of treatment or otherwise override a physician’s medical judgment. Support efforts to decrease administrative burdens on physician offices.

  • Reimbursement: Maintain adequate physician reimbursement through Medicaid and support insurance reforms that will help maintain physician reimbursement levels. Promote access to care by providing adequate reimbursement and other incentives for physicians to see Medicaid patients and to serve in rural communities.

  • Public Health. Support anti-tobacco, anti-obesity, vaccinations and other initiatives to improve the public health in Oklahoma.

Additional Resources:

For more information on state legislative issues contact Matt Robison.

Legislative Updates

November Election Summary

Posted on 11/22/2022
(OSMA Members Only)

A Post-Election Message from OSMA President David Holden, MD

Posted on 11/22/2022
In recent years, an astounding number of anti-science bills were filed at the state capitol. These bills, including the 90 introduced this year alone, sought to chip away at the public health protections so many of us take for granted.

Register Now for the OSMA Post Election Update!

Posted on 11/4/2022
(OSMA Members Only)

OMPAC Endorses Medicine-Friendly Candidates for General Election

Posted on 10/12/2022
(OSMA Members Only)