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May 28, 2021

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Basic Vaccination Law Under Threat at Ohio Statehouse:

Act Now to Oppose House Bill 248!

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HB 248 not only impacts exemptions for COVID vaccines but all vaccinations by weakening Ohio law by:

  • Authorizing an individual to decline any vaccination based on medical contraindications, “natural immunity,” or reasons of conscience, including religious convictions.
  • Prohibiting employers and businesses, among other entities in Ohio, from requiring any vaccination, including childhood immunizations
  • this bill applies to all vaccinations, not just the COVID-19 vaccines.


The CMA has joined the umbrella coalition of healthcare, business, and public health groups who are opposing this bill. Click here to read this letter.


Proponents of this bill are flooding the Statehouse with personal testimonials supporting individual liberty and attacking the concept of evidence-based public health. Opposition to this bill needs to come from both organizations and individuals.


You can help! Physicians and medical students are asked to consider sharing their personal perspectives on vaccination and the role of science in medicine. Legislators will benefit from hearing from hundreds of individuals on this issue. Click here for the legislation, an analysis of the legislation, and the coalition letter from the CMA, other healthcare, business, and community organizations that are opposing HB 248.


Testimony can be as short as a paragraph or two, or as long as you would like. Click here for a recent CMA testimony letter to a different committee as an example, but yours does not need to follow this particular form. It should be submitted by NOON on Monday, June 7.


Click here for the “Witness Information Form” that needs to accompany your testimony.

Send your personal testimony and the witness slip to the Ohio House Health Committee that is hearing this bill at the email address below. Your testimony will be circulated to all the Health Committee members: REP62@ohiohouse.gov


Contact the CMA if you have questions or would like to be more involved in this effort.

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Celebrating Franklin County’s 50-Year Physicians!

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Usually, around this time of year, the CMA holds an annual social event, during which we take the time to acknowledge local physicians celebrating their 50-year anniversary. The pandemic has put that on hold again this year, but we still want to highlight these hardworking doctors.


Life was different 50 years ago, Richard Nixon was president, the top song was “Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night, and Starbucks opened its first store. Locally in Columbus, construction started on the Rhodes State Office Tower, the tallest building in Columbus, and the Dispatch celebrated its centennial anniversary.


We commend these physicians for all their hard work and wish them all the best.

  • Dr. John E. Baumert, Jr., MD
  • Dr. William H. Bay, MD
  • Dr. John K. Brennan, MD
  • Dr. Larry M. Buchanan, MD
  • Dr. Thomas T. Fox, MD
  • Dr. Michael L. Franz, MD
  • Dr. Reinhard A. Gahbauer, MD
  • Dr. Joseph H. Goodman, MD
  • Dr. Gerard M. Papp, DO
  • Dr. Paul Prachun, MD
  • Dr. Bhagwan Satiani, MD, MBA, FACS
  • Dr. Edwin H. Season, II, MD
  • Dr. Isam Tabbah, MD
  • Dr. John W. Willis, MD

Culinary Medicine Community Potluck

Please join us Tuesday, June 15th from 7-8pm for a fun Evening of Culinary Medicine/Potluck.


The theme of this month is reunification and sharing our favorite dishes. We are asking attendees to bring one of their favorite prepared dishes to share and a recipe sheets (copies can be made at the CMA.)


It needn’t be fancy, complex or difficult. But the dish should be one that brings you joy when you prepare it, eat it and share it. This will hopefully kick off future in person events!

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These and other stories can be found on our blog: 

blog.columbusmedicalassociation.org

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