Legislative

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.

Healthcare Bills Update

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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Legislative Updates

Six days of session remain for the State House of Representatives, three days remain for the State Senate. Numerous bills of marquee standing await conclusive action before the adjournment prior to the General Election. Of the 2,630 House Bills that were introduced, 115 have been enacted into law. Of the 1,135 Senate Bills that were introduced, 75 have been enacted into law. Chances are several more will be formally enacted into law before adjournment on October 17.

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On the Horizon

Two months remain before General Election Day. Vigorous campaigning continues in the Governor’s race, and state Senate and House of Representative seats. The state House has eight scheduled voting session days, the state Senate has nine voting days on the calendar. The POMA government affairs consultant will continue to closely monitor any consideration on priority legislation including the certified nurse practitioner scope of practice; SB 25 and HB 100.

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Closing Year Recap

The closing weeks of June brought both productivity and activity, the most significant being the enactment of the state budget before deadline.

As part of the overall scope of budget related matters, the General Assembly ultimately inserted provisions in House Bill 1851 (Act 41 of 2018 as signed by Governor Wolf) that will essentially serve as an alternative attempt at taking $200 million from the PA Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association.  The bill moves the independent JUA under the jurisdiction of the State Insurance Department. The bill passed through both chambers despite reservations during the five party negotiations. 

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Scope of Practice Issues

POMA Past President and current POMPAC Chairman Dr. George Vermeire, in concert with Legislative Counsel Bruce Hironimus, participated in ongoing lobbying efforts against the expansion of licensure privileges for certified registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Direct communication with more than a dozen key House members were conducted at a recent event supported by POMPAC.

Our direct lobbying efforts will continue during the coming months and be enhanced with a companion public affairs initiative focusing on media outreach efforts. Please continue to express your opposition on these initiatives to elected officials.

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