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

referred to Senate Banking and Insurance
committee, where it remained.

House Bill 1194 - (Mentzer) - Prior
authorization reform bill-There is a large
coalition with multiple provider entities and
patient advocacy groups seeking to make
wholesale changes to the prior authorization
process in the Commonwealth. PAMED has
played an integral role in developing this
legislation and working to advance it. There
was no committee action on either this bill
or its Senate companion bill 920.

House Bill 990 - (O'Neal) - Seeks to
assist trained military medical personnel with
transitioning into medical roles once in the
civilian world by creating a military medic
pilot program-It requires that military
medical personnel be under the supervision
of a physician or podiatrist and the supervising practitioner retains responsibility for the
patient. HAP supports, seeking to partner
with PAMED. No committee vote took place.

Senate Bill 920 - (Phillips-Hill) - Senate
companion bill.

House Bill 2636 - (Ecker) - Recently,
Representative Ecker circulated a co-sponsor
memo seeking support for his legislation that
will aim to prevent the use of non-compete
agreements in health care practitioners'
employment contracts-PAMED has long
had policy to support this effort and will be
working to ensure that any legislation that
moves forward considers the impact on all of
PAMED members. The session ended prior
to any committee activity.

House Bill 100 - (Topper) - This and
Senate Bill 25 are two very familiar pieces
of legislation as they seek to grant CRNPs
independent practice authority-It is likely
that any movement would be on HB100 due
to political tension with the Senate sponsor.
PAMED has long opposed these efforts but
have recently agreed to listen/negotiate a pilot
program where CRNPs would be granted
independent practice with specific guidelines
and restricts. Passed the House and stalled in
committee in the Senate.
Senate Bill 25 - (Bartolotta) - Senate
companion bill.
House Bill 2212 - (Frankel) - Seeks to
establish a prescription drug affordability
board, which would determine whether certain drugs pose affordability burdens and cap
the amount that pharmaceutical companies
can charge for necessary drugs-PAMED
recently participated in a stakeholder meeting
and is reviewing this legislation with the Legislative Advocacy Task Force. No committee
action occurred.
House Bill 629 - (Rapp) - Requires health
insurers to cover treatment plans of Lyme
disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a health care practitioner-Issues
exist over what type of treatments could be
covered (experimental long-term antibiotic
for example). Passed the House (158-34) and

House Bill 2779 - (Quinn) - Seeks to
extend the easement of regulations and
licensing requirements for various mid-level
practitioners beyond what the Governor's
Executive Orders provide for concurrent
with the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration-PAMED opposed this bill as it has
the potential to negatively impact various
scope of practice issues. After advancing out
of the House Health committee, the bill saw
no further movement.
House Bill 2792 - (Thomas) - Provides
for a long-term care medical directory registry-PAMED supported this effort. The
bill passed the House 202-0 but received
no movement out of the Senate Health and
Human Services committee.
House Bill 1737 - (Gleim) - Seeks to
provide certain civil liability protections for
COVID-19 related lawsuits and claims-A
top priority of PAMED during the COVID19 pandemic, this was a critical effort that
we undertook. While we were successful in

getting this bill through the General Assembly,
it was ultimately vetoed by the Governor.
House passed the bill (192-0) and after
significant Senate amendments (29-20), the
House narrowly concurred (104-98).
2021 REGULAR SESSION PREVIEW:
When the 2021-22 legislative session began
on January 5th and members of the General
Assembly took the oath of office, attention
likely remained focused on pandemic-related
issues along with the most recent election
results and processes. PAMED will be swiftly
working to see key legislation reintroduced
(some of which already has as of this writing)
in the new session. We will continue to actively engage and advocate to see these critical
issues get across the finish line. Additionally,
we will be continuing our efforts to protect
and provide support for our providers in
the trenches during the on-going pandemic.
As a result of the November 2020 General Election, both chambers of the General
Assembly saw Republicans maintain their
majorities with House Republicans adding
three members to their side of the aisle. In the
Senate, the numbers will either be identical
to the 2019 session or see Republicans net
one additional seat as the results of the Senate
race in District 45 remaining undeclared and
likely to be determined in federal court. The
political breakdown of each chamber will
likely look like this:
 enate: 29 Republicans - 20 Democrats
S
- 1 Independent (note: caucuses with
Republicans)
House: 112 Republicans - 91 Democrats
The PAMED government relations team
will be working in the early days of the new
session to develop relationships and rapport
with newly elected legislators. Included in
these efforts will be familiarizing new members
with our key priorities and white papers on
critical physician issues.

For the most up-to-date information on advocacy priorities and legislative issues, please visit

www.pamedsoc.org/advocacy
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