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.

Workers Compensation Drug Formulary – SB 936 - 4/26/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Senate Bill 936 on April 17, 2018. Senate Bill 936 would establish a drug formulary for the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation system through the use of a Utilization Review Organizations (URO); ensuring high quality treatment, fair prices, all without system and drug abuse.


Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists - HB 789 - 4/26/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

The House Professional Licensure Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 789 which amends the Medical Practice Act by codifying existing regulations for the provision of anesthesia in certain settings.


Surprise Balance Billing – HB 1553 - 4/26/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

Affected stakeholders continue to meet in an effort to reach compromise to minimize financial exposure to patients who have received out of network services. HB 1553 is currently awaiting full House consideration pending the outcome of these discussions.



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
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus


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.

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