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POMA is the only representative voice for DOs and their patients with the Pennsylvania General Assembly. POMA tracks dozens of bills dealing with issues on public health, scope of practice, physician reimbursement tort reform and many others.

 

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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

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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.
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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. 
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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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Senate, House and Governor Negotiations Break Down, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners — SB 25; HB 100, Physician Assistants — SB 896; Highmark Code Changes
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

 

October 5, 2017

The Senate, House and Governor’s negotiations broke down on a revenue package to support the previously enacted spending plan for 2017-18. Separately, work continues on the three supporting omnibus code vehicles; fiscal, administrative and human services; to establish policy and implementation guidelines for the state budget. These pieces of code legislation can be aircraft carriers as they are the essential tools of governing. As such, they provide opportunities for mischief and bear close attention throughout every minute of the negotiations. The House and Senate sent an unacceptable version of the Human Services Code, HB 59, to the Governor who is expected to certainly veto the measure. Negotiations on these issues will continue. The full House returns on October 16 while the Senate is in recess to the call of the President Pro Tempore.

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