On March 14th, the House Health and Aging Committee held a hearing on the Ohio stroke bill, HB 427. The legislation is six years in the making. Back in 2006, Ohio released the Burden of Stroke in Ohio report, which looked at available data and compared it to the ideal system. While many improvements have been made, legislation is now needed as the next step.
Advocates providing testimony included Jim Bischoff, Dr. Irene Katzan and Dr. Torbey. Each provided a different view of the system and answered many questions by the committee.
Congratulations to these advocates and all of the advocates who have sent message to legislators on this issue. While it may have taken many years, we have taken an important step forward!