The Illinois State Senate yesterday overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation that would help PAs across the state by modernizing practice requirements.

Senate Bill 2904 would eliminate the 5-to-1, PA to physician ratio in Illinois. With the Senate’s passage, it puts PAs in a strong position as IAPA continues to negotiate with Illinois State Medical Society and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Heather Steans, D-Chicago, will still go through changes in the Illinois House of Representatives but the 47-4 vote sends a strong message of support from senators. The bill also has the support of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Illinois Primary Health Care Association.

We will keep you posted as this bill advances through the process. The Spring session of the Illinois General Assembly ends May 31, 2018.