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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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POMA Opposes Change in Venue Rule Proposed by Supreme Court
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

January 11, 2019

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s rulemaking body is trying to change the current rule on venue in medical liability cases that requires a case against a physician must be brought in the county where the alleged incident occurred. Changing this rule is likely to have a negative impact on the accessibility and affordability of medical professional liability insurance. The reason is that trial lawyers will be free to use any connection necessary to bring a liability action into Philadelphia, which has a reputation of awarding high jury awards.

POMA is working on drafting its comments opposing the rule change. Additionally, POMA is in a coalition of healthcare provider organizations, insurers and others to oppose changing the rule on venue. POMA has also become a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, which formalizes its opposition.


General Assembly Begins Session
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

January 10, 2019

The 203rd General Assembly took the oath of office in Harrisburg on January 1. Representative Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was re-elected as the Speaker of the House and the Democratic Leader remained the unchanged as Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) was reelected to his post. In the Senate, the new President took the oath of office, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D). The Senate Republicans reelected Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) as the President Tempore and Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) as the Majority Leader. The Senate Democrats voted Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and the Democratic Leader. In addition to the leadership, the Committee chairs for all four caucuses have been announced. Please visit the POMA advocacy page for more details on these legislators.


Advocacy Winds of Change at POMA
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

December 13, 2018

POMA heads into a new 2-year, state legislative session, in January. Physician leadership, POMA staff and consultants are collaborating to enhance and sharpen the organization’s advocacy capabilities. We are developing ways to foster communication between POMA members and their state legislators. Better known as “grassroots lobbying”, and a significant portion of the strategic plan, POMA will enhance the velocity and timing of getting information into member hands, so each physician, resident and student can be heard by the state legislators that represent their home district.


What will the election results bring?
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

The turnover on Election Night was much greater than this week’s leadership elections.  The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats and Republicans selected their leadership teams for the upcoming 2019-2020 legislative session, with very little change occurring on either side.

The Republicans are only losing one member from the previous leadership team with the retirement of Sen. Chuck McIlhenny (R-Bucks) who serves as the Majority Caucus Administrator until the completion of this session. That position will be appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati on the first day of session.


Healthcare Bills Update
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

The regular session of the General Assembly has recessed to the call of the presiding officers in each chamber.  The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  The Senate and House will return post-election to conduct their respective leadership teams. Consideration of a brief sine die session is on the table. 

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