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.

CRNP Collaborative Agreement Informational Meeting
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

January 26, 2018

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Professional Licensure Committee held an informational meeting on collaborative agreements between certified nurse practitioners (CRNP) and physicians. Anthony DiMarco, DO, immediate past president of POMA, was one of two physicians on the panel. Seventeen legislators of the 25 committee members were in attendance.


Disaster Declaration for Opioid Epidemic; Upcoming Collaborative Agreement Information Meeting
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

January 12, 2018

Governor Wolf’s Disaster Declaration for the Opioid Epidemic

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed a statewide disaster declaration for the state’s heroin and opioid epidemic. Per the governor’s office, the measure will “enhance state response, increase access to treatment, and save lives.” The governor’s office has provided a fact sheet with more information. https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/ uploads/2018/01/20180110-Fact-Sheet-Opioid-EpidemicDisaster-Declaration-2018.pdf


Reauthorization of CHIP; Surprise Balance Bill Protection Act (HB 1553); Patient Test Result Information Act (HB 1884); Senate Bill 542, Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (SB 623); Medical Service Agreement Act (SB 926); Pharmaceutical Pricing Transparency. Act (SB 637)
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

December 14, 2017

The State Senate and House concluded session for the remainder of 2017, but will continue the ongoing session into 2018. The final week brought a flurry of committee and floor action, with a number of POMA relevant issues in play.  

  • The General Assembly reauthorized CHIP.  While federal lawmakers have not yet paid for the program, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has now reauthorized the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for another two years.

Physician Assistant (SB 896); Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner – (SB 25, HB 100); Outpatient Oversight Practice (HB 478); House Speaker Mike Turzai Announced Candidacy
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

November 16, 2017

The Senate was in session this week but will not return until December 11. The House returns for two days of session next week before a holiday recess continues until December 4.

  • Scope of Practice Issues - Physician Assistant (SB 896) – POMA President Dr. George Vermeire recently sent a letter of opposition to the members of the State Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee. While no formal action is planned for the legislation, POMA wanted to formally be on the record opposing the bill in its current form. 

Current Year’s State Budget Agreement; Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Issues; Senate Bill 936
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

November 2, 2017

Governor Wolf and the General Assembly reached agreement on the current year’s state budget almost five months after the constitutional deadline. Mixing a patchwork of securitization of future revenues from the Tobacco Settlement Funds, along with new anticipated revenues from expanded gaming options, principally closed the agreement. Fiscal, Administrative and School codes were also enacted into law. The Human Services Code was vetoed by the Governor and may be restarted when the General Assembly returns on November 13.

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