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The PSPA has introduced Senate Bills 870 & 871 to modernize our practice Acts, giving the physician/PA team and institutions more flexibility in delivering care to our patients. The Prime sponsors for our legislation are Republican Senator Thomas Killion and Democratic Senator John Yudichak.
The legislation builds on our past efforts to:
1.  Reduce countersignature (12 months for new graduate and 6 months for new specialty)
2.  Allow for filing of work agreements
3.  Allow for physician/PA ratios to be increased to 1:7
4.  Remove the requirement for physicians to be on-site at satellite locations
5.  Creation of a permanent PA seat on both the medical and osteopathic boards.

The Society is asking all PAs in the state to contact their Pennsylvania State Senators asking them to join Senators Killion and Yudichak in support of Senate Bills 870 & 871.  Call, write and/or email your Senator today and ask them to contact Senator Tommy Tomlinson to bring the bills up for a vote in the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure committee.
We had a great response from all of you last year. We hope to have even more people participate this year.  Your participation is paramount in getting movement on our legislation.  Please encourage PA colleagues, supervising physicians, administrators, PA students and faculty to participate as well!

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You should also request any lay people in Penn to send messages. So any PA’s on this site who has family/friends living in Penn contact their representatives. You need all the help possible, especially since, I think, NP’s have independence already in your state. Sorry couldn’t have gone for OTP. Jus curious, was it because PA leaders couldn’t get anyone on board to sponsor such a bill, or afraid to make big leap and not get anywhere, or do Penn PA’s not want OTP?

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The PSPA accomplished a legislative success yesterday by the passage of Senate Bill 870 and 871 out of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure committee. Your participation during the September 2019 PSPA Hill day helped lay the foundation for this success. As advocacy conscious PAs, we ask that you continue to encourage those around you to reach out to their senators and ask them to support the bills when they come up for an anticipated vote the week of Oct 19th.


You can refer PAs, PA students, physicians and the general public to the PSPA action center to send an email and to read about the research and facts behind these bills.


Thank you for caring about moving the PA profession forward in PA! Please reach out with any questions you may have.


Susan Desantis, PA-C
PSPA Board Administrator
PO Box 128 
Greensburg, PA 15601
724 836 6411 phone
724 836 4449 fax
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I assume this maybe should be on state forum, possible my be someone here who knows someone or has family in PA. If you look at current progression, Senator Andrew Dinniman voted Yay to pass SN 25 for NP independence, yet voted NO for PA SB 870-871. He needs educated!
The best way for PA’s to really be successful is to help your neighbors! Contact anyone you know that does have access to email(they often only take emails from constituents. PA’s, should collaborate between states and be aware of legislation.  nothing stops you from sending a postcard, flyer or letter to legislators not in your state or region. They May not read them al, but if the receive a bunch of cards with PASS SB .... for PA’s they may at least look at it a little more. 

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