Bill Receives a Committee Hearing

PRESS RELEASE: Ohio Representative Communications 

COLUMBUS/LOVELAND, OH (December 9, 2021) – The Ohio House Health Committee on Tuesday, December 7, heard sponsor testimony from State Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) on House Bill 431, legislation to establish a stroke registry in Ohio.

Representative Jean Schmidt testifies during hearing on Stroke Registry Bill Tuesday, December 6, 2021 (Provided)

“Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability among Americans,” said Schmidt. “In an effort to reduce the burden of stroke by improving the quality of care delivered to stroke patients, stroke registries have been developed to measure and track acute stroke care.”

Currently, Ohio uses the Ohio Coverdell Stroke Program, a data-driven quality improvement program for stroke treatment that provides resources to emergency medical service providers, hospital stroke teams and other healthcare providers to provide high quality stroke care to Ohioans. The issue, however, is that the program is funded by a CDC grant and is not always guaranteed. H.B. 431 aims to ensure that the Ohio Department of Health has the necessary time to utilize a stroke registry database and create a new one in the future if necessary.

Schmidt noted that the bill will not force the creation of a new, second registry, nor does it require stroke care centers to do any additional work if they are already utilizing the Ohio Coverdell Stroke Program. The bill simply codifies into law Ohio’s current stroke registry and ensures that future facilities participate in the registry.

“We have worked diligently to ensure that this bill allows Ohio to have a sound stroke registry without increasing the burden of work or cost for stroke centers and doctors,” Schmidt said. “In the end, we just want to ensure that Ohioans have access to the most up-to-date information so that we can save as many lives as possible.”

H.B. 431 now awaits additional committee hearings. 

Schmidt Supports House Passage of Born Alive Protection Act

SCHMIDT VOTED YES IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL

On Wednesday, December 8, the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 157, the Born Alive Protection Act, to protect the lives of a child who is born alive after a failed abortion. State Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) voted yes in support of the bill. 

“Every human life matters, including the lives of babies being aborted,” said Schmidt. “I am proud that Dr. Terry Johnson, our State Senator, is ensuring babies born alive after an attempted abortion have their constitutional and God-given right to life and that health care professionals take every measure available to protect them.”

Under the bill, a physician who performs or attempts an abortion in which a child is born alive to immediately provide life-saving care. Additionally, if the physician who performs the abortion does not attempt to save the child if they are born alive, they can be sued for being guilty of abortion manslaughter.

The bill also includes a new requirement stating that a physician must submit monthly and annual reports to the Ohio Department of Health summarizing the data available to their facility, and failure to do so will result in possible legal repercussions.

State Representative Jean Schmidt is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 65th house district, which includes northwestern Clermont County.

For more information, contact Rep. Schmidt’s office at (614) 466-8134 or rep65@ohiohouse.gov.