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ONA Nurse Lobby Day a Success!

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 participated!

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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.

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