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.

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The 2020 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

Protect Funding for Cancer Research, Physician Recruitment: Vote NO on State Question 814

Posted on 11/2/2020
In 2000, voters approved the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, known as TSET, to fund health care initiatives in Oklahoma. TSET has funded programs that help keep our state healthier. Due to its efforts in smoking cessation and research...

Pre-Election Report Now Available

Posted on 10/16/2020
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Before you go to the polls, be sure to look up your candidates in OMPAC’s Pre-Election Guide. Your patients and practice are impacted daily by policy decisions made at the Capitol. That’s why...

OSMA Congressional Virtual Town Hall a Huge Success

Posted on 10/9/2020
OSMA hosted a Virtual Congressional Town Hall on Tuesday, October 6. The event was sponsored by PLICO and featured presentations from all Oklahoma Congressional offices. Those attending live included U.S. Representatives...

General Election is Tuesday, November 3 - Get the Facts About Absentee Voting

Posted on 10/2/2020
With ongoing health concerns related to COVID-19, the absentee ballot process continues to be extremely popular and easy to utilize. Any registered voter can vote by absentee ballot. For more information...