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.

Scope of Practice Issues

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant issues will remain on the legislative agenda into the next year. Discussions with key legislative committees in the Senate and House will be ongoing to oppose and neutralize any negative impact on the DO community.

Opioid Issues

The Senate advanced Senate Bill 936 which would require the state Department of Labor and Industry to adopt an evidence -based drug formulary for Pennsylvania’s Workers Compensation program. The bill has been referred to the House for its committee consideration.