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The Legislative Committee, chaired by Kevin Harmon and Megan Fulton, has modified the current 2013 PA Practice Act to advance the PA footprint in SC.  This will decrease administrative burdens when applying for licensure in addition to allowing PAs to increase access to care for patients and their families. The legislative team together has introduced the proposed PA Legislation for the 2019 session in S.132 (Senate Bill) and H.3399 (House Bill). If the bill does not pass at the end of this session (May 2019), it will be placed on the agenda for January 2020.

Links to the bills

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/bills/132.htm (S.132)

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/bills/3399.htm (H.3399)


Summary of Proposed Changes

Here is a brief video describing the highlights of the proposed changes to our existing 2013 PA Practice Act:  https://musc.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=7c42b278-72b5-480d-988b-a9bc00d2c47c

 

Here is a summary of the proposed changes: PA Proposed Legislative Summary

 

Here are talking points for the proposed changes: Benefits and Considerations Summary

 

Please feel free to share this information with your physician colleagues and administrators. Contact SCAPA with questions.

 

Supporting the Bills

The first thing you need to do is JOIN SCAPA. This can be done here.

 

Next, use the link below to find your Senator and House Member to send them a letter of support.  We also recommend a follow-up phone call to ensure that the office received the letter.

Find your legislators utilizing your home address:

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php

Tip: Once you identify your legislators, click and review their bio. You may have an unknown connection to this person such as a fellow college classmate or church member.

 

Instructions for using draft letters

  1. Ensure that the template letter is personalized (from a PA student perspective, practicing PA perspective, physician/administrator perspective, patient or family member perspective , etc).
  2.  Do not use any formal letter head when sending in the letter.
  3.  Use the correct template letter for the SC State Senator vs. SC State Representative as the Senator will be reviewing S.132 (the senate bill) and the Rep will be reviewing H.3399 (the house bill).
  4.  Mail a copy of the Senate letter to the SC Senator’s home address and the House letter to the SC Rep’s home address.
  5.  Email a copy of the Senate letter to the SC Senator’ s email address and the House letter to the SC Rep's email address (include Legislative summary).
  6. Follow up with a phone call to your Senator's and Rep's office to ensure the letter was received.

Use the following templates to communicate with your legislators:
Support Letter for S.132 to SC State Senator
Support Letter for H.3399 to SC State House Representative

 

Questions/Comments

Jennifer Marshall, MSPAS, PA-C, President, SC Academy of Physician Assistants

(803) 413-7336 / scapa@sc.rr.com

 

Ted Riley, representing the SC Academy of Physician Assistants

(803) 622-7261 / triley@rplfirm.com




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