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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 introduced companion bills for this legislative session: S.132 (Senate Bill) and H.3399 (House Bill). After working with the Senate Medical Affairs Committee and other health care organizations, an amendment to S.132 passed the Senate and crossed over to the House of Representatives where it will be debated in the House 3M Committee. If the bill is favorably reported out of the 3M committee with no amendments and passes the House, it will be ratified and sent to Governor McMaster's desk. If the bill does not pass by the end of this session (May 9, 2019), it will be carried over to the 2020 session so there will be an another year where patient care is limited and PAs are disadvantaged in the marketplace. It is our strong desire for S.132l to pass this session. Please read below to find out what you can do to help make this happen.

Link to the bill

Senate Bill 132


Summary of Proposed Changes

 

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 family, physician colleagues and administrators. Contact SCAPA below with questions.

 

Supporting the Bill

The first thing you need to do is JOIN SCAPA. Joining SCAPA directly supports our legislative efforts. Please make this a priority! This can be done here.

 

Next, use the link below using your home address to find your SC 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 SC House Member, 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 letter

  1. Ensure that this template letter is personalized from a PA student perspective, practicing PA perspective, physician/administrator perspective, patient or family member perspective, etc: SUPPORT LETTER FOR S.132
  2. Do not use formal letter head when sending the letter.
  3. Email a copy of the letter to the SC House member's email address which can be found HERE (include Legislative summary).
  4. Follow up with a phone call to your SC House member's State House telephone (number can be found through the link in #3 above) to ensure the letter was received.

 

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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