It is still CRITICAL to get more letters from physicians who are members of ISMS, although letters from any supportive physicians is a good thing! If you know physicians willing to support this cause, please work with Kristin Rubbelke of our IAPA lobbying team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 701-720-2109.
IAPA and our lobbying team have been in regular contact with the Department of Professional Regulation leadership. The agency has assured us that it will be able to process every PA application by the 28th. We have a conference call with state IDFPR leadership on Wednesday the 21st so we will send an update afterwards. IDFPR has been inundated with phone calls from PAs but the agency is very short-staffed and alot of phone calls only slow down processing. It is recommended that PAs wait until after the 21st to call. Also, note that Monday is a federal and state holiday. Please wait until you hear from us next week and do NOT drive down to Springfield or try to alert the media.
TWO ILLINOIS BILLS FILED TO ELIMINATE PHYSICIAN/PA RATIO
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Feigenholtz and Senator Heather Steans, both powerful Chicago Democrats who sponsored Illinois’ new full practice law for advanced practice nurses, filed legislation this week in the State Capitol to eliminate the ratio between physicians and PAs.
House Bill 4815 and Senate Bill 2904 will both be considered during the Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly. IAPA President Stacey Becker and Legislative Chairman Jennifer Orozco say the ratio has no medical basis. They also said that since the passage of new rules ending several restrictions for nurse practitioners, many medical institutions across the state are preferentially hiring NPs over PAs with some not hiring PAs at all. Becker and Orozco also said the ratio negatively impacts health care access in rural areas because of a physician shortage.
More than 120 doctors – including 54 members of the Illinois State Medical Society – have sent letters to Feigenholtz, Steans and the ISMS asking for the ratio to be scrapped.