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Legislation

  • Act 7 of 2015 (Eichelberger) requires Affordable Care Act “Healthcare Exchange Navigators” to be certified by the Department of Insurance and pass a criminal background check.
  • Act 8 of 2015 improves access to child flu immunizations by allowing pharmacists to administer flu immunizations to children 9 and older. Senate version: Senate Bill 305 (McGarrigle)
  • Act 10 of 2015 (Scarnati) increases the criminal grading for impersonating a doctor of medicine and providing medical treatment, from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.
  • Act 39 of 2015 (McIlhinney) protects consumers from paying multiple copayments for physical therapy, chiropractic and occupational therapy services.
  • Act 66 of 2015 (Mensch) improves public awareness of the prevalence of prostate cancer and measures available to detect, diagnose and treat it.
  • Act 73 of 2015, Act 74 of 2015 (Corman) allows out-of-state team physicians to treat athletes in Pennsylvania as long as they are licensed in their home state and have an agreement with the visiting sports team to provide care for them while traveling.
  • Act 79 of 2015 (White) redesigns driver’s license applications to include the statement “Pennsylvania strongly supports organ and tissue donation because of its life-saving and life-enhancing opportunities” and the question “Do you wish to have organ donor designation printed on your driver’s license?”
  • Act 84 of 2015 reauthorizes and extends the life of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through December 31, 2017.
  • Act 91 of 2015 extends protections to seniors enrolled in PACE and PACENET prescription drug assistance who would lose coverage due to increases in income from Social Security cost-of-living adjustments.
  • Act 16 of 2016 (Folmer) legalizes the use of cannabis for certain medical purposes.
  • Act 53 of 2016 (Gordner) updates the state Professional Psychologists Practice Act for the first time since 1986.
  • Act 73 of 2016 requires health insurers to provide coverage for orally administered chemotherapy on a basis that is at least as favorable as that for intravenous or injected chemotherapy treatment. Senate Version Senate Bill 536 (Tomlinson)
  • Act 76 of 2016 (Killion) eliminates the requirement for counties to pay 10 percent of the non-federal cost of services for Medicaid residents cared for in their skilled care facilities.
  • Act 87 of 2016 requires that all individuals born between 1945 and 1965 be offered a hepatitis C screening or diagnostic test when treated at hospitals, health care facilities or physicians’ offices.
  • Act 95 of 2016 (Vance) amends the Generic Equivalent Drug Law to provide for the substitution of an interchangeable biological product for a brand name drug.
  • Senate Bill 180 (Greenleaf) updates state law relating to organ and tissue donations.
  • Senate Bill 396 (Vance) reauthorizes the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for a term of four years.
  • Senate Bill 747 (Vogel) requires an investigation of punitive damages in health care cases over the past 10 years and caps punitive damages in cases against personal care homes, assisted living communities, and long-term care nursing facilities.
  • Senate Bill 1202 (Yaw) requires continuing medical education training as a way to stem the tide of opioid and prescription drug abuse in the state.

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