Legislative Updates

Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus, Legislative Updates keeps POMA members up-to-date on the latest news in Pennsylvania government and the issues affecting the healthcare profession.


Oppose CRNP independent licensure, House Bill 100, Senate Bill 25

We ask you to reach out to your legislator when they are in their respective district over the course of the next few weeks. Elected officials are more available and receptive to contact from their constituents in the districts. Express your opposition (in person is best or by telephone, AND in writing) on this issue relative to CRNP Legislation (HB 100, SB 25). POMA has emailed and sent a hard copy of our opposition letter to all House members in advance of your contact. Your one-on-one interaction is our most effective tool to influence this issue.


HB 100, SB 25 - Independent Practice for Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners

UPDATE April 17, 2018

The CRNP's held a rally with legislator visits today. POMA was at the capitol with our own press release and talking points. Here is a link that release. CLICK HERE TO READ RELEASE

April 6, 2018

Efforts by the CRNPs are continuing in an effort to advance consideration of House Bill 100 currently before the House Professional Licensure Committee. Their ongoing efforts are to persuade rank and file members to push leadership to consider the proposal. House leadership has communicated to POMA and other stakeholders to assess the possibilities of formulating amendatory language to the proposal. The nurse practitioners will hold their annual Main Capitol rally on April 17, 2018 at 11:30 am.


Gov. Wolf to Renew Disaster Declaration Regarding Opioid Abuse

April 6, 2018

Governor Wolf is expected to renew his 90-day opioid disaster declaration. On Jan. 10, 2018 the governor first declared a state of disaster emergency with regard to opioids, an uncommon use of Pennsylvania’s disaster emergency statute, but which allows Commonwealth agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of the situation. In the past, states of emergency, normal bid and contract procedures, as well as other formalities prescribed by law, have been waived for the duration of the proclamation.



April 6, 2018

Now that the Congressional reapportionment storm has quieted in the courts, it is worth mentioning the current list of state legislators’ future election plans.


Passing of Seven Bills Providing Stronger Protections for Crime and Domestic Violence Victims; Four Members of Governor Wolf's Cabinet Receive Confirmations

March 23, 2018

The State Senate unanimously passed seven bills providing stronger protections for crime victims and those individuals facing domestic violence. One measure goes to the Governor and the other six move to the House of Representatives for consideration. The House of Representative returns to session on April 9.

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