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State Advocacy Alert: Senate Bill 780 (Telemedicine) URGENT ACTION REQUIRED
Dear PPA Members:
Senate Bill 780 which is currently being considered by the Pennsylvania General Assembly is in jeopardy. The bill, which was unanimously approved by two Senate committees, the full Senate, and the House Professional Licensure Committee, could die before a House vote is taken. The Insurance Federation is strongly advocating against the bill with rank and file members and leadership. They assert the bill provides opportunities for fraud and lower quality of care.
Between today and the weekend, it is imperative that PPA members contact their House members directly and ask them to “Tell House Speaker Mike Turzai to bring the bill up for a vote in the House without amendment on Monday, October 1.” This is our final opportunity to secure passage of a bill that will expand access to health care for all Pennsylvanians by requiring insurers to pay for telemedicine services if they pay for the same service in person.
If the bill is not voted in the House, we will have to introduce a new bill during 2019, the beginning of a new legislative session, ending nearly two years of advocacy on this critical issue.
Again, between today and the weekend, it is imperative that PPA members contact House members directly and ask them to “Tell House Speaker Mike Turzai to bring the bill up for a vote without amendment in the House on Monday, October 1.”
Here are the top talking points to support the main message:
Research conducted by Towers Watson indicates that widespread telehealth adoption could save the health care industry as much as $6 billion annually.
There are already protections in place to ensure appropriate care is provided through telemedicine. Providers are governed by state licensing boards, follow a medical code of ethics, and there are strong insurance fraud laws in place to protect against such behavior.
If you have questions, please contact Rachael Baturin at Rachael@papsy.org.
Thank you for advocating on behalf of psychology!
PPA members are invited to attend PPA's Annual Advocacy Day at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg!The schedule and agenda will be posted soon. This is your chance to influence the process of deciding aspects of how psychology is practiced in Pennsylvania. No room for social loafers here!
PPA staff will brief participants on current legislative issues of importance to psychologist on the state level, telepsychology, mental health parity, bills related to interpersonal violence, and relay tips on the legislative process. In addition, PPA staff will highlight current federal legislation, that impact the practice of psychology on the national level. This is also a great time to meet the members of our new contract lobby firm, the McNees-Winter Group. PPA is very excited to be working with such a prestigious firm!
Please note that those who attend the advocacy training session will receive 1.5 CE credits.
8:45 AM to 9:15 AM - Registration
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to describe:
After the training session, you will be asked to visit with your legislators to discuss these issues. PPA will work to set up these legislative visits for you. Need to find out who your legislators are, or have other questions? Please contact Rachael Baturin at 717-510-6340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. PPA maintains responsibility for all their CE programs and their content. No presenters have any conflicts or potential conflicts of interest.
All workshop registration cancellation requests must be made in writing to Iva Brimmer, Director of Administration (email@example.com) - no phone cancellations will be accepted. Cancellation requests made more than 72 hours before the workshop will result in a 50% refund of the registration fee. PPA cannot postpone registrations and/or transfer fees to future events.
Cancellations made less than 72 hours before the workshop and no shows for the Convention will result in forfeiture of the entire registration fee.
PPA recognizes that serious issues, out of the attendee’s control, may arise and could prevent an attendee from cancelling their registration by the cancellation deadline. Please contact PPA within one week of the final date of the conference if you have any questions about your cancellation.