Governor Signs Three Bills Sponsored By Senator Tavares
Senate Bills 43, 99, and 278 focus on helping Ohio families
Senator Tavares with Senator Jones, SIDS health advocates and staff members at the bill signing ceremony.

Columbus – Today, State Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D – Columbus) saw three bills signed into law aimed at helping families with loved ones suffering from mental illness, cancer, and loss of an infant child. Senate Bills 43, 99 and 278 will impact families today and future generations in the state of Ohio.
Senate Bill 43, jointly sponsored with Senator Burke, provides clarity to existing law and ensures that the full range of options are available to the courts and more importantly, that those with mental illness are provided treatment in the least restrictive environment where appropriate.
“Court ordered outpatient treatment not only saves lives and needless suffering, it saves taxpayer money by allowing the courts to order treatment instead of hospitalization, jail/prison or harm to themself or another person. This bill will also allow patients to stay within their communities to get the treatment they need” stated Tavares.
Senate Bill 99, jointly sponsored with Senator Oelslager, prohibits health care providers from providing less favorable coverage for prescribed, orally administered medication than for intravenously administered or injected medications.
“This is about fairness and choice for the patients and the providers,” said Tavares. “I sponsored this legislation to improve the quality of life and health of a patient that is going through cancer treatment.”
Senate Bill 278, jointly sponsored with Senator Jones, requires the completion of a Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation reporting form (SUIDI reporting form). This form is used to ensure that all investigations are handled consistently and that data is collected and reported properly.
“In order to monitor state trends, ascertain risk factors, and design and evaluate programs to prevent these deaths, we need to have consistent reporting” stated Tavares. 


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