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the House Insurance Committee. Bill was
referred to the House Insurance Committee
where it received no further action.

(158-34) and referred to Senate Banking and
Insurance committee, where it remained.

we undertook. While we were successful
in getting this bill through the General
it was ultimately vetoed by the
House Bill 990 - (O'Neal) - This legGovernor.
House passed the bill (192-0) and
House Bill 1194 - (Mentzer) - Prior islation seeks to assist trained military
Senate amendments (29-20),
authorization reform bills. There is a large medical personnel with transitioning into
concurred (104-98).
coalition with multiple provider entities and medical roles once in the civilian world by
patient advocacy groups seeking to make creating a military medic pilot program.
wholesale changes to the prior authorization It requires that military medical personnel 2021 Regular Session Preview:
process in the Commonwealth. PAMED be under the supervision of a physician or
When the 2021-22 legislative session
has played an integral role in developing podiatrist and the supervising practitioner
on January 5th, and members of
this legislation and working to advance it. retains responsibility for the patient. HAP
Assembly take the oath of
There was no committee action on either supports, seeking to partner with PAMED.
will likely remain focused
of these bills.
No committee vote took place.
on pandemic-related issues along with the
Senate Bill 920 - (Phillips-Hill) - Senate
House Bill 2636 - (Ecker) - Recently, most recent election results and processes.
companion bill to HB1194.
Representative Ecker circulated a co-sponsor PAMED will be swiftly working to see key
House Bill 100 - (Topper) - These are memo seeking support for his legislation that legislation reintroduced (some of which
two very familiar pieces of legislation as they will aim to prevent the use of non-compete already has as of this writing) in the new
seek to grant CRNPs independent practice agreements in health care practitioners' session. We will continue to actively engage
authority. It is likely that any movement employment contracts. PAMED has long and advocate to see these critical issues get
would be on HB100 due to political tension had policy to support this effort and will be across the finish line. Additionally, we will
with the Senate sponsor. PAMED has long working to ensure that any legislation that be continuing our efforts to protect and
opposed these efforts but has recently agreed moves forward considers the impact on all provide support for our providers in the
to listen/negotiate a pilot program where of PAMED members. The session ended trenches during the on-going pandemic.
CRNPs would be granted independent prior to any committee activity.
As a result of the November 2020 General
practice with specific guidelines and restricts.
House Bill 2779 - (Quinn) - This Election, both chambers of the General
Passed the House and stalled in committee legislation seeks to extend the easement of Assembly saw Republicans maintain their
in the Senate.
regulations and licensing requirements for majorities with House Republicans adding
mid-level practitioners beyond what three members to their side of the aisle. In the
Senate Bill 25 - (Bartolotta) - Senate
Executive Orders provide for Senate, the numbers will either be identical
companion bill to HB100.
concurrent with the COVID-19 Emergency to the 2019 session or see Republicans net
House Bill 2212 - (Frankel) - This Declaration. PAMED opposed this bill as it
effort seeks to establish a prescription drug has the potential to negatively impact various one additional seat as the results of the Senate
affordability board, which would determine scope of practice issues. After advancing race in District 45 remaining undeclared
whether certain drugs pose affordability out of the House Health committee, the and likely to be determined in federal court.
The political breakdown of each chamber
burdens and cap the amount that pharma- bill saw no further movement.
will likely look like this:
ceutical companies can charge for necessary
drugs. PAMED recently participated in a
Senate: 29 Republicans - 20 Demostakeholder meeting and is reviewing this for a long-term care medical directory reg- crats - 1 Independent (note: caucuses with
legislation with the Legislative Advocacy istry; PAMED supported this effort. The Republicans)
Task Force. No committee action occurred. bill passed the House 202-0 but received
House: 112 Republicans - 91 Democrats
no movement out of the Senate Health and
House Bill 629 - (Rapp) - This bill Human Services committee.
The PAMED government relations team
requires health insurers to cover treatment
be working in the early days of the new
House Bill 1737 - (Gleim) - Bill seeking
plans of Lyme disease or related tick-borne
to develop relationships and rapport
illnesses as prescribed by a health care prac- to provide certain civil liability protections with newly elected legislators. Included
titioner; issues over what type of treatments for Covid-19 related lawsuits and claims. A in these efforts will be familiarizing new
could be covered (experimental long-term top priority of PAMED during the Covid-19 members with our key priorities and white
antibiotic for example). Passed the House pandemic, this was a critical effort that papers on critical physician issues.
For more information about any of the items mentioned above,
please visit the Advocacy Section of PAMED's web site at

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