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Advocacy in Action
The 118th Congress is in full swing, and advocacy for the PA profession is off to a great start! Two priority bills for the PA profession were recently reintroduced into the new Congress:
Improving Access to Workers’ Compensation for Injured Federal Workers Act (S. 131/H.R. 618)
S. 131/H.R. 618 was reintroduced on January 31 by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-M) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). Currently, federal employees who are injured on the job cannot receive treatment provided and overseen by a PA when using federal workers compensation coverage. This long-outdated restriction unnecessarily limits federal workers’ access to quality medical care provided by PAs and may disrupt continuity of and timely access to care.
This legislation would modernize the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to allow injured federal employees to receive care that is provided and overseen by PAs and NPs. The bill passed the House of Representatives on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote in 2022 but did not clear the Senate before the close of the 117th Congress.
Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act (S. 260/H.R. 704)
The Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act (S. 260/H.R. 704) was reintroduced on February 3 by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Darin LaHood (R-IL). The legislation will authorize PAs to certify the need for Medicare patients to obtain diabetic/therapeutic shoes.
Current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations do not allow PAs to order diabetic shoes. For diabetic Medicare beneficiaries who receive care from a PA, S. 260/H.R. 704 will provide timely access to needed diabetic shoes.
All PAs are encouraged to be advocates for the profession, and AAPA has numerous tools available for PAs and PA students who want to become involved in grassroots advocacy – go to AAPA’s Advocacy Central and click Grassroots. Additionally, you can help raise awareness of and support for our two priority bills introduced in the House and Senate by taking action on our advocacy alerts that have been created in AAPA’s Advocacy Action Center.
Contact Your Legislators
Preferably through a direct call or email.
You can look up your state legislators via this Link
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PALH at Work for You!
PALH at the AAPA Legislative and Advocacy Summit.
Legislative and Advocacy for all, let’s diminish healthcare inequity and improve access to all patients, especially underserved and minority communities. Our PALH Member Jennifer Mayer, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C (left), our PALH President Elect Paola Gonzalez, MPAS PA-C (middle) and our Executive Director Kent Prickett, MBA, CAE (right).
For nearly 30 years, Physician Associates For Latino Health (PALH) has been an officially recognized caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (Associates) (AAPA). The purpose of PALH is to render loyal and honest service to the medical profession and the public, to develop continuing medical or medically related education programs, and to promote the physician associate profession through the education of medical professionals and the general population. Furthermore, PALH strives to support the mission of the AAPA by increasing the diversity of the Academy.
PALH is transitioning to use “physician associate” when possible, to reflect the 2021 AAPA House of Delegates resolution. PAs should continue to use “physician assistant” or “PA” as their official legal title in a professional capacity, particularly in clinical settings and with patients. For more information, please visit AAPA’s Title Change FAQs.
PALH is working for YOU! The current PALH board is committed to upholding the purpose of our mission statement. Join us today.
Scholarships & Grants
The Physician Associates for Latino Health (PALH), a caucus of the AAPA, offers up to $1,000 scholarship grants to currently enrolled PA students.
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