ARAPA Legislative Announcement Senate Bill 152
On behalf of the ARAPA Legislative Committee,
I am pleased to announce we have a PA Scope of Practice Bill that was introduced into the Arkansas Legislation TODAY! Senate Bill 152 is sponsored by Senator Kim Hammer and Representative Joy Springer.
This bill must now pass through committees, senate and house and then go before legislature for approval and during these steps there is a chance we may need to revise; however, we chose to go big and ask what we need to improve PA practice in Arkansas and have parity with other healthcare providers.
Our asks in this bill are:
Having a PA advocate on full Medical Board
Ability to prescribe schedule II medication for acute need (scheduled II opioids for 5 days, and refill of amphetamines)
Ability to practice in disaster and emergency care situations
Ability to call time-of-death
Modernize and update antiquated PA language
This comes after many hours of meetings, drafts, conversations with Arkansas Medical Board, Arkansas Medical Society, Lobbyist meetings, calls, etc. All with the appreciated guidance from AAPA. This process if far from over but a huge step in the right direction for the PAs of Arkansas.
Please contact Tara Bruner ARAPA Legislative Chair with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find the bill and status Here