PA Legislature

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The Pennsylvania General Assembly is presently considering a number of bills to address the overprescribing and abuse of opioids, which has been attributed to the rise in heroin use in the state.


 

Legislation Info


Senate & House

Bill NumberSponsorDescriptionCurrent Location
***AllowayLegislation to authorize the electronic prescribing of opioid medications as a means to prevent diversion due to handwritten prescriptions.Not Introduced
SB 174BartolottaLegislation amending Title 18 to establish a second degree felony for the delivery or distribution of an illicit drug that results in "serious bodily injury" to the user.Judiciary
***BartolottaLegislation requiring a more patient-centered focus in the treatment of opioid addiction.Not Introduced
***BrewsterAddiction Treatment Professional Loan Forgiveness Program. The program will offer qualified alcohol and drug addiction counselors student loan forgiveness up to $7,500 per year for up to four years, totaling up to $30,000. The counselor must agree to work at a licensed drug and alcohol treatment facility for at least 4 years. This bill is a reintroduction of SB 1211 from the 2015-16 session.Not Introduced
***CostaLegislation that amends the Mental Health Procedures Act to allow families the opportunity to seek involuntary commitment of loved ones for treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. Several states in the grip of the opioid epidemic have moved to make this important change including Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio with “Casey’s Law.”Not Introduced
***DinnimanLegislation establishing a new Section 1528 (Child Opioid Awareness Education) in the Public School Code to require school entities to incorporate child opioid awareness education into their curriculum for students in 6th through 12th grades. This bill is a reintroduction of SB 1212 from the 2015-16 session.Not Introduced
***EichelbergerLegislation which addresses issues arising from the increased use and diversion of the prescription drug methadone. Reintroduction of SB 532 from the 2015-16 session.Not Introduced
HB 288HeffleyLegislation to require insurance plans in the Commonwealth to provide access to abuse deterrent opioidsInsurance
SB 38HutchinsonLegislation strengthening the penalties for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.Transportation
KauferLegislation will require insurers to disclose to the Insurance Department the number of insureds, the number of insureds receiving addiction treatment and a breakdown of the treatment, including denials based on types of treatment.Insurance
HB 121KauferLegislation will update anti-drug curricula to include new prevention programs and will identify the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) as the department to provide this guidance.Education
HB 116KauferLegislation will require insurers to provide consumers with an emergency insurance addendum explaining the coverage for addiction treatment services provided under their purchased plan.Insurance
HB 123KauferLegislation that would give counties that have established “drug courts” the option of adopting a fee to help pay for some of the associated costs. Judiciary
HB 118KauferLegislation will encourage existing health care facilities to convert beds to provide medically supervised detoxification and create a staging area for people who are in need of developing a high quality treatment program who may still be in search of an available bed.Health
HB 119KauferLegislation providing for certified drug and alcohol recovery houses and establishing the Certified Drug and Alcohol Recovery House Fund.Human Services
HB 120KauferLegislation to establish the Loan Forgiveness for Counselors Program administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.Education
HB 124KauferLegislation directing the State Board of Medicine to adopt guidelines restricting when buprenorphine is prescribed in an office-based practice or other location determined by the board.Professional Licensure
HB 115KauferLegislation further provides the means for insurers to prove themselves compliant with the abovementioned Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act. Insurers will be required to file a written certification with the Insurance Department, under oath, attesting that they have completed a comprehensive review of all health insurance policies and plans they administer and that they are in compliance with the federal law.Insurance
HB 122KauferLegislation establishing the Pennsylvania Project Lazarus Commission. The commission will develop a best practice model for a comprehensive, community-based effort to consolidate overdose prevention efforts.Not Introduced
***McGarrigle / YawLegislation providing for the regulation and certification of recovery houses, sometimes referred to as “sober” or transitional housesNot Introduced
HB 353NesbitLegislation to mandate the electronic prescribing of opioid medications as a means to prevent diversion due to handwritten prescriptions.Not Introduced
***SchwankLegislation to create an Emergency Addiction Treatment Program under the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to expand treatment space at existing long-term residential addiction treatment facilities and licensed halfway homes, and brand-new facilities. The program will also provide for new intake methods to help get information to the addicted, their families and friends, including advice and assistance in accessing treatment, and to collect data to identify patterns of addiction. This bill is a reintroduction of SB 1210 from the 2015-16 session.Not Introduced
HB 235WatsonEstablishes a task force on the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on children.Approved by House Children & Youth 3/22/17
***YawLegislation requiring mandatory implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.Not Introduced
***YawLegislation requiring county coroner’s and/or medical examiner’s in the state to report in writing to the Pennsylvania Department of Health the death of any person resulting from a drug overdose, giving the time and place of the death and the related circumstances.Not Introduced
***YawLegislation to limit the prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid to seven-days unless there is a medical emergency that puts the patients’ health or safety at risk.Not Introduced
HB 17Hahn, MarciaAllows for parental consent regarding the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse for a minor.Referred to Senate Health & Human Services 2/15/17
HB 395DiGirolamo, GeneExempts epilepsy drugs from the prescription drug monitoring program.Approved by House Human Services 3/13/17
HB 396DiGirolamo, GeneRequires that prescribers query the prescription drug monitoring program every time a controlled substance is prescribed for every patient.Approved by House Human Services 3/22/17

Senate

Bill NumberSponsorDescriptionCurrent Location
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Yaw
Requiring mandatory reporting for all heroin and opioid overdoses where Naloxone, also known as Narcan, was administered. Currently, there is no mandatory reporting system in place.
Not Introduced
SB 1202 (Act 124)Yaw / Wozniak
Legislation to require “pain management” and “prescribing practices of opioids” to be included in continuing medical education credits for those professionals licensed to prescribe in the Commonwealth.
Signed by Governor
SB 1210
Schwank
The State’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will be charged with establishing the Emergency Addiction Treatment Program that will offer new addiction treatment facilities for those drug users that are currently going without care. The facilities will either be existing long-term residential addiction treatment facilities, licensed halfway homes, or new facilities.
S. Public Health & Welfare
SB 1211
Brewster / Costa
Establishing the Addiction Treatment Professional Loan Forgiveness Program.
S. Education

SB 1212
WozniakEstablishing the School Aged Children Opioid Awareness Education Program.S. Education
SB 1213
Costa
Proposing that an assessment be imposed on the first sale of opioids within the state by manufactures or importers. The law will prohibit the assessment from being passed onto the retail level.
S. Finance

SB 1228
Yaw / Wozniak / BartolottaPlaces a limit on discharge prescriptions by emergency room providers. Additionally, patients whose behavior raises a provider’s concern for addiction will be referred to treatment.S. Public Health & Welfare

SB 1305
YawLegislation to require that insurance plans provide access to abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs, and apply cost-sharing provisions for these products at the same level as the cost-sharing applied to other brand name and generic drugs covered under the insurance plans’ formularies.S. Banking & Insurance

SB 1336
YawLegislation requiring county coroner’s and/or medical examiner’s in the state to report in writing to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) the death of any person resulting from a drug overdose, giving the time and place of the death and the related circumstances. The reports shall be made on forms prescribed by DDAP.S. Public Health & Welfare
SB 1348YawLegislation that will require prescription bottles containing opioids to have a label affixed concerning the addictive nature of the drug.S. Consumer Protection
SB 1349Yaw Require a health care professional to receive written consent from a patient in order to prescribe a medical treatment containing opioids, as well as to discuss the risks of addiction and dangers of an overdose associated with the medication.S. Consumer Protection

SB 1367 (Act 125)
YawLegislation will require all prescribers to receive written consent from a minor’s parent or legal guardian in order to prescribe a medical treatment containing opioids, as well as to discuss the risks of addiction and dangers of overdose associated with the medication. Senate Bill 1347, in its present form, only requires physicians to receive written consent.Signed by Governor

SB 1368 (Act 126)
KillionAn Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in public safety, providing for safe opioid prescription and for patient voluntary nonopioid directive and imposing powers and duties on certain Commonwealth agencies.Signed by Governor

SB 524 *Act 80 of 2015
ScarnatiLegislation that will address the ongoing substance abuse problem in our communities across the Commonwealth by better utilizing FDA-approved medications for the prevention of relapse to opioid dependence.Signed by Governor

SB 532
EichelbergerLegislation which addresses issues arising from the increased use and diversion of the prescription drug methadone.S. Public Health & Welfare

SB 870
GreenleafEnacts the Criminal Justice and Addiction Treatment Act.S. Judiciary

SR 267
Schwank
A resolution to establish an advisory task force within the Joint State Government Commission on issues relating to drug-addiction treatment and requiring a study and report by the Commission on them.
Senate Adopted
Yaw
Requiring mandatory implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.
Not Introduced

House

Bill NumberSponsorDescriptionCurrent Location

HB 2345
WatsonEstablishing a Task Force on Opioid Abuse Epidemic’s Impact on Infants and ChildrenH Children & Youth

HB 2333
 Gainey OPIOID PACKAGE (5) H Ed

HB 2327
 Kaufer Comprehensive Opioid Package (10) H Ed

HB 1027
 Readshaw Resolution: Substance Abuse Prevention Block Grant funding H Health
DavisANGEL ActCirculating

HB 2202
BarbinReinstating Criminal Liability for Emergency OverdH Jud

HB 2201
Barbin Involuntary Commitment for Emergency OverdH Health

HB 2200
 Barbin Eight Regional Detox CentersH Finance

HB 2199
 Cruz Syringe-Exchange Program Safety ActH Health

HB 2173
 Murt Parity Coverage for MHH Insurance

HB 2128
 Heffley Narcan in Recovery HousesH Floor

HB 2029
 Gainey Creates program in DHS/bulk prescription drugH Health

HB1805
 Masser Require individuals who are applying for a license or certification, or renewing a license or certification, to have met a certain number of approved continuing medical education classes which address addiction and addiction treatmentS. Consumer Protection

HB 1699 (Act 122)
 BrownLegislation that will codify these guidelines by prohibiting emergency providers from prescribing long-acting opioid painkillers in emergency rooms and places a limit on discharge prescriptions. Additionally, patients whose behavior raises a provider’s concern for addiction will be referred to treatmentSigned by Governor

HB 1698
 HeffleyLegislation to require that insurance plans provide access to abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs, and apply cost-sharing provisions for these products at the same level as the cost-sharing applied to other brand name and generic drugs covered under the insurance plans’ formularies.Amended on Third Consideration in the Senate

HB 1692
 Readshaw Involuntary Commitment for Drug/Alcohol TreatH Human Services

HB 1511
 DiGirolamo Emergency Addiction Treatment FundH Human Services

HB 1295
 DiGirolamoAdding Suboxone to Methadone Death & Incident Review ActS Health & Welfare

HB 1294
 DiGirolamo Misuse and Diversion of SuboxoneH Health

HR 943
Caltagirone Resolution urge Gov/AG file suit against pharmaH Health

HR 893
 Readshaw Resolution/Opioid Treatment Recommendations*H Adopted

HR 892
 Burns Resolution Prescription Drug Heroin Abuse/OverdH Health

HR 814
 Neuman Resolution-Create Subcomte on Drug AbuseH Rules

HR 590
 Kinsey Resolution Establishing Task Force/Access Treat*H Adopted

HR 363
DonatucciResolution: Heroin/Opioids Addiction EradicationH Human Services
HB 1737 (Act 123) MaherLegislation will amend Act 190 to enable Pennsylvania’s waste-to-energy facilities to provide in the safe destruction of pharmaceuticals. Signed by Governor

Updated —3/27/2017