Voice of Medicine Award
The Voice of Medicine Award is presented to individuals outside of the health care profession for advancing the OSMA’s mission of improving the practice of medicine for physicians, their staff and patients.
2016 Voice of Medicine Award: Sen. Randy Gardner
Throughout his 30+ years in the Ohio legislature, Sen. Gardner has been a strong supporter of organized medicine. He was the original sponsor of the 2002 Patient Protection Act and he has consistently supported sensible medical liability reform legislative efforts. Most recently, he has shown his dedication to improving the healthcare delivery system by introducing Senate Bill 129, the legislative effort that, as we all know, significantly improves Ohio’s Prior Authorization System. As the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 129, Sen. Gardner has dedicated countless hours to this fight, resulting in the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 129 through the Ohio Senate.
Previous Award Recipients
The OSMA does not present the Voice of Medicine every year. All previous recipients are listed below.
2014: Governor John Kasich
In his 2014 biennium review, Governor John Kasich recommended cutting Ohio’s personal income tax rates, while raising the taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Gov. Kasich has not only raised his voice but has led the fight on shutting down Ohio’s pill mills and addressing proactively the prescription, drug abuse epidemic in Ohio.
2012: Rep. Terry Johnson, DO
A former Scioto County Coroner, past president of the Scioto County Medical Society and OSMA member, State Rep. Terry Johnson, DO, (R-Portsmouth) is currently serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 89th House District, which includes Scioto County and parts of Lawrence and Adams Counties. He was a sponsor and a driving force behind House Bill 93, legislation aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse in Ohio.
2010: Sen. Kevin Coughlin & Sen. Eric Kearney
Sen. Kevin Coughlin (R-Cuyahoga Falls) served as the Chairman of the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee until 2011. He has sponsored and co-sponsored legislation which would provide greater access to medical care and also supported legislation which would provide for fairer reimbursement rates. Most recently, Sen. Coughlin was the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 64, pending legislation which would require health care plans to provide benefits for colorectal examinations.
Like Coughlin, Sen. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) has supported legislation to increase access to medical care and legislation to reduce the bureaucracy physicians confront when dealing with health insurers. This year marks his fourth annual walk from Cincinnati to Columbus to bring attention to the children’s health issues. He is also the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 24, pending legislation which would establish nutritional standards for food and beverages sold in public schools.
2008: State Sen. Bill Seitz & State Rep. Matt Huffman
State Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) and State Rep. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) received the Voice of Medicine Award in 2008 for their work on the Healthcare Simplification Act (H.B. 125). The legislation, signed into law in March 2008, mandates transparency and fairness in the contracting process between physicians and insurance providers. More information on the Healthcare Simplification Act is available here.