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Legislative Updates

House Bill 1457 - (Schroeder) - Provides
for insurance coverage of custom breast
prosthetics post breast cancer reconstruction-PAMED supports coverage for this
vulnerable population of patients. Passed the
House (199-0) and the Senate (50-0). This
bill was signed into law by the Governor as
Act 44 of 2020.
House Bill 770 - (DeLuca) - Granting
pharmacists the ability to administer certain
diagnostic tests such as " rapid strep tests " -
After originally passing the House (163-25),
the Senate sent it back over to the House
amended (47-1) where it received concurrence
(154-48). PAMED actively worked to stop
this bill as it jeopardizes patient safety and
will result in increased health care costs. The
bill was signed into law as Act 140 of 2020.

Senate Bill 842 - (Phillips-Hill) - Photo
identification tag regulations-Both of these
bills remove the requirement for surnames
to be displayed on health care employees'
identification badges. SB842 passed the Senate
(49-0) and House (201-0). It was signed into
law as Act 54 of 2020.
House Bill 1880 - (Gillespie) - Photo
ID-Passed the House (188-0) and has
been referred to Senate Health and Human
Services. Not sure which one will get final
movement/traction.
Senate Bill 432 - (Phillips-Hill) - Allows
MCOs to have access to the information in
the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
(PDMP)-Of note, we oppose this bill
as expanding access to the PDMP and are
monitoring amendments, specifically Rep.
Grove's, which would prohibit municipalities
from creating duplicative PDMPs (direct
response to Philly City Council intending to
create their own). Passed the Senate and House
and was signed into law by the Governor as
ACT 8 of 2020.
Senate Bill 391 - (Gordner) - Seeks to
amend the Optometric Practice and Licensure
Act to revise the therapeutic drug approval
process, clarify the definition of the practice of

optometry, permit the treatment of anaphylaxis, and clarify insurance procedure-Voted
favorably out of the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure committee
and stalled in Senate Appropriations after
receiving second consideration from the full
Senate, as House Bill 2561 (companion)
received traction.
House Bill 2561 - (Culver) - Amends
the Optometric Practice and Licensure
Act-Revises the therapeutic drug approval
process and to allow optometrists to order
and interpret specific noninvasive imaging
tests appropriate for diagnosis of a condition
of vision. Passed the House (202-0) and the
Senate (48-0). It was signed into law as Act
99 of 2020.
Senate Bill 983 - (DiSanto) - Seeks to
establish a standard newborn screening fee
and merges the mandatory and supplemental
disorder lists in Pennsylvania's Newborn Child
Screening and Follow-up Program-Passed
the Senate (50-0) and the House (202-0).
It was signed into law as Act 133 of 2020.
House Bill 730 - (Cruz) - Voted out of
House Human Services and received first consideration from the full House-The Senate
version moved as nod to Senator DiSanto in
an election year with a tough race.

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SENATE BILLS/RESOLUTIONS:
Senate Bill 857 - (Vogel) - Telemedicine-
Passed the Senate (47-1) and passed the House
(111-77) with the abortion language (the
FDA's REMS list medication). The Senate
concurred on the House amendments and
passed the bill (29-21). However, the Governor vetoed this legislation (Veto 4 of 2020).
Senate Resolution 20 - (Baker) - This
resolution directed the Legislative Budget
and Finance Committee to conduct a study
of the impact of venue for medical professional
liability actions on access to medical care and
maintenance of health care systems-PAMED
strongly supported this effort to delay the
Supreme Court's proposed rule change on
venue. The Senate passed this resolution (3118) and the LBFC held hearings. The Senate
Judiciary committee conducted hearings
related to the LBFC's findings and PAMED
will be provided testimony.
Senate Bill 675 - (Brooks) - MAT,
buprenorphine-Continues to be opposed
by various entities including the Governor's
office. Although the bill passed the Senate
(41-9), the House Human Services committee
lacked the votes to advance this bill.  
Senate Bill 761 - (Gordner) - Informed
Consent remedy to Supreme Court decision-
No movement on this bill and priority level
has been reduced as result of practitioners



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