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COVID- 19 Waiver Extension Update

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2022

Pursuant to the March 2020 emergency declaration, Governor Wolf approved almost 100 statutory or regulatory suspensions and waivers to respond to COVID-19. In June 2021 the General Assembly terminated the emergency order but kept the existing waivers in place for six months.  Within both the General Assembly and the health care community there is significant support for making some of the waiver changes permanent, but progress on identifying which ones and drafting the necessary legislation has been slow.

With few individual waiver bills developed and ready to move, in September 2021 the General Assembly extended all the existing waivers for an additional six months. This current extension ends on March 31, 2022 and while progress is being made additional work on waiver legislation remains. When the General Assembly returns next week, it intends to, again, extend all existing waivers. The expectation is this extension will only run through the end of June 2022 while the General Assembly votes on the individual bills necessary to make these changes permanent.

The House Professional Licensure Committee staff recently convened a meeting of stakeholders to discuss various waivers that have been granted relating to pharmacy practices. PAMED joined with the PA Academy of Family Physicians, the PA Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the PA Osteopathic Medical Association and participated in this discussion.

Committee staff indicated that in the next week or two they would share proposed draft legislation with all the stakeholders for additional comment and or meetings. PAMED continues to participate in this effort and monitor developments.

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