Pennsylvania will start a new two-year legislative cycle in January.
With the start of any new cycle, unfinished bills that existed only weeks earlier will need to be reintroduced. During the last cycle, there were about 350 health care-related bills introduced.
Many of those that did not become law will likely be reintroduced along with new bills on new issues. Some of them will contain good ideas and some, though well-intentioned, will not.
For Pennsylvanians and their health care teams, the start of the new cycle is important. It’s a time in which their voices need to be heard so that legislators understand what health care issues are important to their constituents.
As we start the new cycle, the Pennsylvania Medical Society encourages physicians and their patients to speak up and voice their opinions to elected leaders in Harrisburg. There are plenty of topics to talk about — health care teams, health care professional contracting and medical liability issues, to name a few that affect patient care.
Your opinion counts, and with hundreds of anticipated health care bills that will be introduced, contacting your senator and representative will help them know which ones they might want to look at closely.