On Tuesday, February 15, nearly 300 nurses and nursing students from
around Oregon descended on Salem to build support in the legislature for
creating Oregon's health insurance exchange and updating Oregon's
health care workplace violence law. ONA members met with nearly every
legislator, assessing initial support for these issues and laying the
foundation for the rest of the work that ONA will do while the
legislature is in session. A huge thank you to everyone who
Health Care Workplace Violence Bill
HB 3229, which would Update Oregon’s Health Care Workplace Violence
law, is one of ONA’s top priorities this session. We’ll need help from
nurses sharing stories with legislators, through calls, e-mails, and
testimony about why this issues matters to you.
Please take a moment to share your story, and let us know if you’re
interested in helping. ONA Government Relations staff will contact you
to follow up after you complete the brief survey below. Note that none
of your information will be used without your permission.
Mental Health Payment Parity for NPs and CNSs
Oregon’s Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists provide
mental health treatment to a growing portion of our population. Cuts in
reimbursement rates for mental health services performed by
“non-physician” providers limit access to these services and underscore
the need to require equal pay for equal work.
With the help of State Representative Tina Kotek (D-Portland), and
State Representative Bill Kennemer (R-Oregon City) ONA has introduced
legislation that would require insurers to reimburse providers equal
rates when they perform equal services. For example, if this legislation
passes, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who
bills under the same codes as a physician for mental health service,
would be reimbursed the same rate as the physician. This would comply
with the spirit of Oregon’s Mental Health Parity Law, and would increase
access to Mental Health Services.
This bill has a hearing on March 9, and will need to have support
from nurses in order to move forward. Many of you already helped out
this Fall by completing a survey on reimbursement rates. Now that there
is a bill in legislature, we need you to write to your legislators and
share your story. Make sure to include the impact that the cuts have had
on your practice, and the impact this has had on access to mental
health services in your area. Don’t forget to encourage them to support
HB 3028 to improve access to Mental Health Services.