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Pennsylvania lawmakers have been considering legislation that would expand access to critical health care services for those who need it.
Watch the videos below to learn more, and keep scrolling to see what you can do to promote the issue on social media!
HB 1011 (prime sponsor Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware))—Sets a clear timeline for the termination of waivers and administrative flexibilities afforded to health care providers and practitioners after the end of the COVID-19 emergency declaration, and directs the Joint State Government Committee, with the assistance of health care professionals and administrative officials, to make recommendations as to which waivers and administrative flexibilities should remain permanently in place.
HB 555 (prime sponsor Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny)) and SB 235 (prime sponsor Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Mercer)—Provides a mechanism for employers to join together to offer quality health insurance as a benefit for their employees, some for the first time, thus spreading out the risk across the group and allowing them to negotiate for discounted health insurance coverage the same way large businesses currently purchase health benefits on the group insurance market, thus providing a decrease in costs for small businesses and putting the employer in a competitive position to maintain and attract a talented workforce.
HB 642 (prime sponsor Rep. Christina Sappey (D-Chester))—Provides for telemedicine service regulations and requires health insurers to provide coverage for such services.
SB 25 (prime sponsor Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington))—Modernizes the Pennsylvania Professional Nursing Law to expand access to high-quality health care by removing archaic restrictions on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) that no longer reflect modern medicine and the delivery of health care, therefore allowing those nurses to utilize the full extent of their training and expertise.
SB 416 (prime sponsor Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia)) and SB 931 (prime sponsor Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne))—Officially recognizes Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) under Pennsylvania statute, as Pennsylvania is currently one of only two states that does not do so.
SB 115 (prime sponsor Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton))—Authorizes Pennsylvania to join 34 other states in the Nurse Licensure Compact, which recognizes mutual agreement in the requirements of the professional licensure of nurses and reciprocity of license transfer between member states.
Below is a list of important members on committees that these reforms will need to pass through. Send them a message on social media telling them to quickly pass these reforms. Pennsylvanians need expanded access to health care now!
Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee
House Insurance Committee
Senate Banking & Insurance Committee
House Professional Licensure Committee
House Health Committee
Senate Health and Human Services Committee