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PAFP Government & Practice Advocacy Committee
State Legislative Advocacy for Family Medicine

The PAFP advocates on state government matters of importance on behalf of its members and the patients they serve.  For information and updates, please join our Governmental & Practice Advocacy Committee group on PAFP Connect, or advocate online on specific topics via SpeakOut (below).

Governmental & Practice Advocacy Committee

This committee guides our policy positions on health care legislation and regulations. For PAFP members interested in joining please visit our PAFP Leadership page.


The PAFP uses SpeakOut, an advocacy tool developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, to distribute Advocacy Alerts to members as needed. Click here for more information on how this advocacy tool works (members only).

Current SpeakOut alert:  The newly introduced Senate Bill 25 would eliminate the important patient safeguard of a required written collaborative agreement between a nurse practitioner (NP) and two physicians in Pennsylvania; a House version is also expected. Use the AAFP's Speak Out tool to tell your legislator to oppose this bill.  

PAFP 2017-18 State Legislative Agenda
(As of December 22, 2017)

 Nurse Practitioner Independence
PAFP opposes legislation that would eliminate collaborative agreements. Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) is the prime sponsor of SB 25 and Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) is the prime sponsor of HB 100.  SB 25 passed the Senate on 4/26/17 and is in the House Professional Licensure Committee.

 Health Insurer Credentialing Reform
PAFP supports HB 125, introduced by House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker (R-Tioga) that would standardize the credentialing form and set processing standards.  HB 125 passed in the House on 5/24/17 and is in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. 

 Prior Authorization Reform
PAFP supports HB 1293 that would reduce administrative waste in seeking prior authorization by implementing standardized definitions and electronic communications.  Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) is the prime sponsor.  The bill was introduced 5/1/17 and is in the House Insurance Committee. 

 Buprenorphine Medically Assisted Treatment Act
PAFP opposes HB 932 that would require prescribers of Buprenorphine to be licensed by the state and pay a $10,000 licensing fee.  The bill rests in the House Human Services Committee and was introduced by that committee’s Chairman, Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks). 

 Direct Primary Care Authorizing Legislation
PAFP supports HB 1739/SB 926 that specifies direct primary care agreements are not insurance and therefore not subject to insurance laws or regulations.  The House Bill, introduced by House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker (R-Tioga), passed the House Representatives unanimously on 9/27/17.  It and SB 926, sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chairman Pat Browne both rest in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

 Clean Indoor Air Act Expansion
PAFP has long supported a ban on indoor smoking, and supports HB 1309, which would eliminate the current exceptions to the law to include casinos, bars, and private clubs.  House Health Committee Chairman Matt Baker (R-Tioga) is the prime sponsor.  The bill is in the House Health Committee.

 POLST Legislation
PAFP supports updating and revising Pennsylvania law to include codification of Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) to be used by medical professionals across all health care settings for patients who voluntarily wish to execute a POLST order.  Representative Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) has introduced HB 1196 which rests in the House Health Committee, while Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) has introduced SB 623 in the Senate which passed out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on 12/12/17. 

PAFP’s State Legislative Agenda is crafted through the Government and Practice Advocacy Committee with position decisions made by the Board of Directors.Questions/Comments? Please contact Brent Ennis, PAFP Deputy EVP/COO and State-Registered Lobbyist at

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