...TOGETHER...SHAPING THE FUTURE OF APN PRACTICE
There is not much new to report this week. There was more of the same: testimony and voting on issues that move no further than the House. On Tuesday it was tort reform and Thursday the remaining budget bills and the 'right to work' bill. All went down in flames, as was intended, to show the Governor his 'turn around agenda' would not pass this General Assembly. There will need to be lots of compromise going forward. It was stated this week the final day of session may well be July 15th.
HB 421 was not called for a vote in the Senate this week. The bill is on 2nd reading and will be voted out whenever the opportunity arises. Sen. Steans has told us she will call the bill as soon as possible. As was in the House, an email was sent from us to all Senators urging a 'yes' vote on this agreed bill. Those emails were well received in both chambers.
HB1 is the proposal seeking to reduce the rising abuse of prescriptive drugs and, ultimately, heroin. Originally a shell bill, amendment 1 was added in early March with no expectation it would pass in that form. Amendment 2 was filed this past week after several changes put forward by the coalition of prescribers and dispensers. This proposal affects all prescribers, dispensers, insurers and people who genuinely need prescribed pain medication, as well as those, who abuse the opioids. Should this pass all prescribers must register with the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) within the Department of Human Services. The PMP is a service for providers as well as a 'watch dog' to prevent unnecessary prescribing. The sponsor is House Leader Lou Lang who intends to call the bill for a vote soon. We are watching this bill closely as it does affect APNs for prescribing purposes and all healthcare providers as they care for people with addiction issues. The full amendment can be found onwww.ilga.gov, full text, Amendment 2.
Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session Monday through Friday.Friday is the scheduled deadline for bills passing out of the 2nd chamber. Of course, that was scheduled prior to the budget debacle and lack of negotiation between the leaders and the Governor.
Sue Clark, Lobbyist
Debbie Broadfield, Lobbyist