HB 198 NEWS!!!

Call to action for children with hearing loss! HB 198 is currently in committee in the Ohio House of Representatives. Nicknamed “Madeline’s Law” in honor of a young woman who struggled to afford hearing aids because her health insurance did not cover the cost, this bill would require private health insurance policies to cover the…

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APPLY FOR THE OSSPEAC GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP TODAY!

The OSSPEAC Graduate Scholarship: (Deadline to apply-July 1st) The Ohio School Speech Pathology Educational Audiology Coalition (OSSPEAC) is committed to fostering our profession of speech/language pathology and audiology in Ohio’s universities. The OSSPEAC Graduate Scholarship has been established to raise awareness among graduate students of OSSPEAC and to recognize excellence of academic and clinical skills…

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Updated Information Regarding STRS Ohio Member Eligibility

Gov. Mike Dewine signed AM. Sub H.B. 442 into law in January of 2021. This bill eliminated licensing requirements for several pupil service positions that currently require both a license form the state of Ohio in the specific area of expertise and a seperate Ohio Department of Education (ODE) pupil service license. The new law…

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April 2021 GAC Legislative Report

See Below for a quick recap of major issues being discussed this month: The Ohio House recently put their mark on the state’s $75 billion two-year operating budget (HB 110). The House Finance Committee accepted a substitute version of the bill, which called for a 2% across-the-board income tax cut, which House Republicans suggest will…

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IMPORTANT: License Renewal Deadline Extension

Ohio Board of Speech and Hearing Professionals License Renewal Deadline Extended for All The deadline for licensure renewal has been extended by the state legislature to allow licensees to accumulate required CEUs, which pandemic restrictions may have prevented them from doing. The extended deadline for completion of required continuing education and paying for renewal is July 1,…

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December GAC 2020 Legislative Report

On December 22, 2020, the Ohio Senate approved an amended HB 442, which pertains to licensing within the State of Ohio. The bill is now on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his anticipated signature.  What does HB 442 mean for OSSPEAC members? Every 3 years, the Legislature is required to review each state license to determine…

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October 2020 GAC Legislative Report

The Legislature is adjourned till after the election, at which time the lame duck session will convene. Any bill that is to be enacted will have to be acted on before December 31, as the Legislative Biennium ends then, at which time every bill not passed or enacted is permanently tabled and will have to…

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Important 2020 Conference Information

Much in the world has changed over the past few months and the OSSPEAC Conference Committee and the OSSPEAC Executive Board have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and associated limitations on our day to day life.  Due to the current realities of life, OSSPEAC has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 conference.…

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Ohio Speech & Hearing GAC Legislative Activities Report March 2020

Activity at the State Legislature has slowed almost to a halt because of the Coronavirus-19 outbreak. This month’s legislative report details legislation which Government Policy Group is following for us. For school-based professionals, several bills are of particular interest (see legislative report for details on each): ***HB 243 – Hearing Aid coverage ***HB 436 –…

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