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    2013 Legislative Priorities

    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center actively supports legislation that will help the hospital fulfill its mission to improve child health and transform delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.  For patients from our community, the nation and the world, the care we provide will achieve the best:  medical and quality of life outcomes, patient and family experience and value, today and in the future.  As such, staff in the Office of Government Relations work in close collaboration with city, state and federal legislators to identify and advance legislation that meets this goal.  Though we support many bills, below are our top priorities.  If you are interested in getting more information on any of these bills, please contact Melissa Saladonis, Assistant Vice President, at melissa.saladonis@cchmc.org or 513-636-1853.

    Title / Legislation


    Level of Commitment


    Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Reauthorization – S.958

    Reauthorizes CHGME program for 5 years.


    CHGME Appropriation

    Appropriates annual funding for CHGME program.


    Children's Hospital Association Medicaid Proposal

    Developing proposal for high risk population.


    Pediatric Research Consortia Act – S. 424

    Creates pediatric centers of excellence to obtain more NIH funding in pediatric research.



    H.B. 59 – Ohio Biennial Budget

    Operating budget for State of Ohio

    Neutral/No Position

    H.B. 230 – Food Donation

    Allows refundable tax credit for food donation.


    S.B. 165 – Firearms

    Prohibits MD's from asking if there is a firearm in the home in a medical setting.



    Health and Hospital Levy

    Provides $5.2m to CCHMC per year for 3 years for care of those that need care.


    Martin Luther King Interchange

    Funding for new I-71 Martin Luther Interchange.


    Level of Commitment Key:

    Sponsorship – Responsible for leading the efforts to pass legislation
    Co-sponsorship – Provide technical, legislative and/or promotional assistance to the sponsoring organization
    Endorsement – Supportive of the legislation/initiative – may issue public statements in support
    Neutral/No Position – Remaining neutral/do nothing

    Updated as of August 15, 2013