2020 IAPA Lobby Day
Yesterday (2/18/20) was a very productive and satisfying day in Springfield. A group of 40 PAs and PA students met at the capitol and spoke with many of our representatives about Senate Bill 2758/House Bill 4692. These important legislative bills, once passed, will help advance the PA profession in Illinois by removing outdated and restrictive language within our PA practice act. This will allow us to better serve our patients by removing barriers to practice and allowing us to do what we do best: take care of patients! Specifically, the bill would eliminate the required written collaborative agreement to be on-file with IDFPR. Collaboration is still required for practicing PAs, however this will be agreed upon and maintained that the practice level (i.e. with your collaborating physician, group or hospital/institution). Additionally, the bill would allow PAs to have their own PA Medical Board at the state level to self-govern our profession. Currently the PA profession is overseen by the Illinois State Medical Board. PAs do not have any designated position on this board and thereby do not have any voice in how the profession is regulated. Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, pharmacists, podiatrists and nurses have their own self-governed medical boards in Illinois. This is important in ensuring PAs have a voice in our how profession is regulated and maintained. Several other states have developed PA Medical Boards with success including: Michigan, Iowa, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Utah and Texas.
These bills are sponsored by Senator Laura Murphy, Assistant House Democratic Leader Kathleen Willis, as well as Representatives Mary Flowers and Randy Frese. If you have a spare moment, please send an email thanking our legislators for making PAs a priority in their agendas. Additionally, please reach out to your own representatives and ask them to consider supporting these bills. In your letters please let them know you are a constituent and this is an important piece of legislation that will benefit patients in Illinois. The bills increase access to care by removing restrictions that make it difficult to obtain and renew licenses in Illinois. Removing unnecessary paperwork at the state level will make it possible for PAs to more quickly obtain and renew their licensure, which keeps PAs practicing in Illinois, and in turn increases access to healthcare for all Illinois residents.
To contact Senator Laura Murphy click here: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/lawmakers/laura-m-murphy/
To contact Representative Kathleen Willis click here: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/lawmakers/kathleen-willis/
To contact Representative Randy Frese click here: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/lawmakers/randy-e-frese/
To contact Representative Mary Flowers click here: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/lawmakers/mary-e-flowers/
To find your house representative click here: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/illinois-house/
To find your state senator click here: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/maps/illinois-senate/