2016 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




CHGME Appropriation

Appropriates annual funding for CHGME program.


ACE Act for Kids – S.298, H.R. 546

Serving medical fragile kids.





Infant Mortality-Data Collection – S.B.9

Data collection on state-administered services provided in the home that are aimed at reducing infant mortality and negative birth outcomes.


Bicycle Helmet Requirement – S.B.48

Require bicycle operators and passengers under 18 years of age to wear protective helmets when the bicycle is operated on a roadway.


Vaccination-Employment – H.B.170

Prohibit an employer from taking an adverse employment action against a person who has not been or will not be vaccinated against influenza.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurses – H.B.216

Revise the law governing advanced practice registered nurses.


State Trauma Board – H.B.261

Establish the State Trauma Board in the Ohio Department of Health, to require that facilities that provide trauma care be designated by the Board as level I, II or III trauma centers.


School-Camp Inhaler Permit – H.B.39

Permit schools and camps to procure and use a metered dose inhaler or dry powdered inhaler used to alleviate asthmatic symptoms in accordance with prescribed policies and to exempt them from licensing requirements related to the procession of these inhalers.





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 February 22, 2016