|Advocating for the Osteopathic Profession|
The 79th Oregon Legislative Assembly convened on February 1, 2017. OPSO is the only state association advocating for the unique needs for the osteopathic profession. We will provide links to important legislation, OPSO policy priorities, and other resources for members throughout the session. Please follow the links below for the latest information. OPSO welcomes comments from all members and we encourage you to contact the OPSO office if you have ideas, concerns, or recommendations on legislation.
2017 OPSO Sponsored Bills
SB 937 - This bill would prohibit insurers from denying payment for evaluation and management or OMT services, solely based on the fact that the services were provided on the same date of service. This bill has passed through the full Senate unanimously. This has been schedule for a House Health Care committee hearing on May 3.
HB 3363 - This bill cleans up statutory language using the term "osteopath" and adds "osteopathic physicians" or "osteopathic medicine" to state statue and ensures osteopathic physicians are recognized appropriately. This bill has passed through the full Senate unanimously and now heads to the House for consideration
Legislation Impacting the Osteopathic Profession
OPSO is and our lobby team at Pac/West in Salem full-time to ensure that the voice of the osteopathic profession is heard when health care policies are debated. Bills impacting the profession this session have included efforts to expand the authority of providers who can clear students after a concussion, remove caps on non-economic damages in wrongful death cases, address opioid abuse, increase (as well as discourage) access to vaccinations, raising the smoking age to 21, and many more.
You can view the full list of legislation and OPSO policy positions through the file library link at the bottom of this page. Please note you must be an active OPSO member and logged in to view the file. If you have problems opening the file, please contact the OPSO office.
As legislative can move quickly with amendments that significantly change a bill's provisions, see our weekly updates below for the latest information.