Director of Advocacy
- Oversees state & federal legislative efforts, payor & other stakeholder advocacy related issues
- Identifies and communicates member capacity to deliver quality
- Works with Communications Committee to advance quality message
- Staff liaison to Advocacy Committee
Save HUD 202 Rally in DC
In late June 2017 hundreds of LeadingAge members, older adults, and partners participated in the “Save HUD 202 Rally” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. At the rally, participants heard from members of the Senate and Congress, residents, and providers including Stephen Fleming LeadingAge Chair-elect of The Well-Spring Group who is quoted in this article from The Washington Times.
(Photos: Left: Stephen Fleming LeadingAge Chair-elect address crowd at Save HUD 202 Rally; Right: Nisha Hammel, LeadingAge Ohio Director of Advocacy and Ava Eisele, LeadingAge Ohio Intern show their support for HUD 202.)
Senate Budget Wrap-Up: On to Conference Committee
On June 21, the Ohio Senate passed its version of the HB49, the State’s biennial budget. The bill moves to conference committee where House and Senate members will reconcile the differences between the House-passed and Senate-passed versions. The members of the Conference Committee on HB49 are Representatives Ryan Smith (R-Gallipolis), Scott Ryan (R-Newark) and Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and Senators Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood). The first meeting of the group is set for Thursday, June 22.
LeadingAge Ohio has worked tirelessly through this budget season to ensure its members' voices are heard, and the vulnerable citizens in their care are maintained at the forefront of our legislators' minds. To review previous communications on the Ohio budget process, click the following links:
- Budget Season Begins: All Hands on Deck (2/1/2017)
- Ohio House Prioritizes Opioid Epidemic, Provider Cuts Remain (4/2/2017)
- Ohio House Bill Summary: Need to Know (5/9/2017)
- Senate Sub Bill Released: Funding Maintained for Nursing Facilities, HCBS (6/13/2017)
- Senate Budget Bill (HB49): What You Need To Know (6/22/2017)
- Budget Heads to Governor’s Desk: What You Need to Know (6/29/2017)
- Ohio House Overrides Governor’s Veto on Nursing Home Rates, MLTSS (7/6/2017)
- Budget Veto Overrides Pass House, Senate Cancels July Session dates (7/15/2017)
LeadingAge Ohio has been successful on multiple fronts, including preserving the $100 million for nursing homes included in the House version of the budget, and introducing an exclusion which eliminates barriers to antipsychotic use near end of life for nursing home-residing hospice patients. LeadingAge Ohio continues to work closely with our legislators through this final "home stretch" of the budget process.
If you have a question about the budget or about grassroots advocacy, contact Nisha Hammel, Director of Advocacy, at email@example.com.
Lame Duck Wrap-Up
This lame duck session was a very busy one. The legislature returned from their summer break for the general election on Tuesday, November 16 and worked until 4AM on Friday, December 9. The 131stGeneral Assembly did not adjourn sine die, saving that for the end of the month.
The bills which passed the General Assembly included the following, which LeadingAge Ohio had either followed or directly intervened:
- HB 216 (Pelanda) APRN
- HB 290 (Sprague) Terminally Ill “Right to Try Bill”
- HB 470 (Schuring) Palliative Care Facilities
- HB 505 (Huffman) Biologics
- SB 311 (Patton) Influenza Vaccine
- SB 314 (Lehner) Hospital Inpatient Aftercare
To read a summary of each of these bills, as well as bills which will affect all employers in Ohio, click here.
SB 165, which would implement Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) did not pass during the lame duck session, and therefore will need to be introduced in the next General Assembly for consideration.
Any questions regarding these or other bills may be directed to Nisha Hammel, Director of Advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org.