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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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House Bill 1344; House Bill 1545; Attorney General's Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis; State Boards and Commissions Advisory Committee
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

March 9, 2018

The House Professional Licensure Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 1344, sponsored by minority chairman Harry Readshaw which creates professional licensure requirements and a separate medical licensing board for medical physicists. The underlying premise of disagreement is the potential redundancy of an additional regulatory layer. 


Budget Proposal; Senate Bill 780; Senate Bill 936
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

February 9, 2018

Governor Wolf delivered his budget address on Tuesday, and his fourth state budget proposal differs a bit from his first three in that proposed discretionary spending increases are restrained, as are the number of potential tax hikes.  The budget proposal drew criticism from Republican legislative leaders who questioned the level of spending and continuing pursuit of a Marcellus Shale tax.  The merger of the Departments of Human Services and Health is incorporated into the budget proposal.  All principals do remain hopeful of a timely budget passage in this election year. Download the 30 page budget in brief.


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.
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