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Legislative Corner  

with Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN

What is Ohio Issue 2?


Ohio Issue 2 is also known as the Drug Price Standards Initiative. This issue will be on the ballot on November 7, 2017, as an indirect initiated state statute which means it is citizen-initiated by a collection of signatures. Ohio’s legislature decided to let it go to the ballot in November instead of acting on it (https://ballotpedia.org/Indirect_initiated_state_statute).


If you vote yes for this issue, then you support the issue to “require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for them.” https://ballotpedia.org/Ohio_Drug_Price_Standards_Initiative_(2017)


If you vote “no” for this issue, then you oppose this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the VA pays for them.”



Here is what this initiative would do:

“This initiative would require the state and state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, to pay the same or lower prices for prescriptions drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—a department that negotiates drug prices with companies and typically pays 20 to 24 percent less than other agencies for prescription drugs. Specifically, it would forbid state agencies to enter into any purchasing agreement with drug manufacturers unless the net cost of the drug is the same or less than that paid by the VA. Issue 2 would apply in any case in which the state ultimately provides funding for the purchase of drugs, even if the drugs are not purchased directly by a government agency. Examples of such cases include the Ohio Best Rx Program and the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program.”



So be an informed voter. Study the issue and vote!


Congratulations to Kay Ball PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN!!!


She passed her CMSLO (Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer) exam and received a promotion to full professor at Otterbein University.


We are so proud of you Kay.  Thank you for your support of the Nursing profession, especially perioperative nursing.  Thank you, most of all, for your personal commitment to and support of our local AORN of Central Ohio Chapter.