|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 and Updates
PAFP Board Approved Agenda Items as of 3/21/17
Nurse Practitioner Independence
PAFP opposes legislation that would eliminate collaborative agreements. Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) is the prime sponsor of SB 25 and Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) is the prime sponsor of HB 100.
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 a 30-day time limit for insurers to process application or else grant provisional status
Prior Authorization Reform
PAFP supports legislation that would provide advancements and reduce administrative waste in seeking prior authorization by implementing standardized definitions and electronic communications. Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) will be re-introducing her bill shortly.
Direct Primary Care Authorizing Legislation
PAFP supports legislation that specifies direct primary care agreements are not insurance and therefore not subject to insurance laws, regulations, or any other chapter of the Pennsylvania’s Insurance statutes or codes.
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. Senator Gene Yaw and Representative Bryan Cutler will be sponsoring the legislation.
Amending Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act
PAFP opposes legislation that would reduce the maximum gestational age for legal abortions from 24 to 20 weeks. PAFP’s position is not based upon the abortion issue itself, but on the following principles: the bills infringe upon the physician-patient relationship, it is an inappropriate penalty, it places restrictions on the practice of medicine, and it may affect access to care. (SB 3/HB 77)