Oppose Extending Emergency Administrative Regulation Changes for a Full Year (SB 671)

Senate Bill 671, the Retaining Health Care Innovations Act, would extend the emergency administrative regulation changes granted to health care facilities, practitioners, and providers by Governor Wolf during the COVID-19 pandemic for a full year after the end of the emergency declaration or termination of the statewide disaster declaration. 

The Pennsylvania Medical Society, who stronly opposes this bill, acknowledges the need of emergent changes during a crisis. However, extending the easing of regulations and licensing beyond the short-term emergent response is counterproductive and threatens the time proven and standardized existing protocols that help ensure quality care for the residents of the state of Pennsylvania.