ConnAPA’s top legislative priority in 2021 recently became law, adding PAs to almost 80 areas of state law which only previously mentioned physicians and/or nurse practitioners. Connecticut law also now authorizes PAs and NPs to order home health and hospice care.
PAs in Florida applaud the enactment of legislation that makes significant improvements to PA practice. House Bill 431 was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 29, modernizing several aspects of PA regulation.
The Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants secured a significant win for PAs in the state last month. On May 26, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed HB 1080, which establishes the Board of PAs – a tenet of Optimal Team Practice.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently signed legislation modernizing state statutes to reflect the collaborative way PAs provide patient care and making PAs responsible for the care they provide. The bill also made permanent changes to PA use of telehealth authorized during the pandemic.
West Virginia PAs are the latest in the country to claim a legislative win this year! On April 21, Gov. Jim Justice signed SB 714, which makes many improvements to the PA practice environment in the Mountain State.
Delaware Gov. John Carney recently signed HB 33, An Act to Amend Title 24 of the Delaware Code Relating to Physician Assistants. The legislation was the top legislative priority for the Delaware Academy of PAs and will create two PA seats on the Delaware medical board.
Arkansas PAs are celebrating the recent passage of S.B. 152, a new law that will modernize the PA practice act and enable PAs to actively engage in the regulation of their profession by adding a PA seat to the state medical board.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation that repeals requirements for PAs to have a specific relationship with a physician or other provider in order to practice. The new law also recognizes PAs’ ability to practice medicine consistent with their education, training, and experience.
Wisconsin PAs celebrated the enactment of long-awaited updates to their state’s PA practice act when Governor Tony Evers signed Act 23 into law. This legislation is the product of over five years of diligent work by the Wisconsin Academy of PAs.