Issues Impacting Oklahoma Doctors

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

Coronavirus, Opioids, Medicaid reimbursement, scope of practice issues. 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 works to keep you informed about issues impacting your patients and your practice.

The 2021 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.

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For more information on state legislative issues contact Matt Robison.

Legislative Updates

Weekly Legislative Update: April 30, 2021

Posted on 5/3/2021
Our battle against Medicaid Managed Care continues to be the major issue affecting the House of Medicine as we head into the last month of session. MANY THANKS to those OSMA members who have responded to our ACTION CALLS supporting SB 131.

Weekly Legislative Update: April 22, 2021

Posted on 4/23/2021
Another major deadline occurs next week when House Bills must be heard on the Senate Floor and Senate Bills must be heard on the House Floor by Thursday, April 22. Legislation will then either go to the Governor for signature/veto; go back to the...

Weekly Legislative Update: April 9, 2021

Posted on 4/12/2021
This was another deadline week where measures had to be out of committee in the opposite House. A major development in the effort to derail the implementation of Medicaid Managed Care was passage of SB 131 (Garvin/McEntire) in the House Public Health

Weekly Legislative Update: April 2, 2021

Posted on 4/7/2021
The legislature is rapidly approaching the April 8 deadline for bills to be out of Committee in the opposite House (House Bills out of Senate Committee and Senate Bills out of House Committee). Next week is assured to be somewhat frantic as Committee