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Senate Health and Human Services Committee Meets on Full Agenda

June 13, 2017

Chair Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), convened the Senate Health and Human Services committee to consider a full agenda, including opioid-related legislation. 

Opioid legislation that received an affirmative vote from the committee included:

  1. Senate Bill 728, sponsored by Senator Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), exempts schedule V epilepsy drugs from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program requirements
  2. Senate Bill 533, sponsored by Senator Judy Schwank (D-Berks), creates the Emergency Addiction Treatment Program
  3. House Bill 118, sponsored by Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), allows for an expedited license for facilities wishing to convert an open bed to a detox bed
  4. House Bill 17, sponsored by Representative Marcia Hahn, clarifies the ability of a parent or guardian to consent to treatment on behalf of a minor

Other health-related legislation considered by the committee included the creation of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program & Advisory Committee, the creation of a Rare Disease Advisory Council, legislation enhancing the PA 2-1-1 system connecting individuals to health and human service assistance, and legislation allowing for entities to keep epinephrine auto-injectors on the premises in the event of a life-threatening allergic reaction.

These bills will now go to consideration of the full Senate chamber.

For more information on these legislative efforts, contact HAP’s Stephanie Watkins, vice president, state legislative advocacy.

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