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July 08, 2021

Ohio Governor Signs Medical Conscience Clause Law

On July 1, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the medical conscience clause that allows physicians, hospitals, and insurers to refuse to offer or pay for a medical service if it violates their moral or religious beliefs.  This clause is included in Ohio’s $74.1 billion 2022-2023 budget.  The Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, Ohio State Medical Association and Ohio Association of Health Plans issued a joint statement opposing the provision during the state’s budget process.