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
HB 17Hahn, MarciaAllows for parental consent regarding the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse for a minor.House passage 2/8/17 (199-0)
HB 115Kaufer, AaronRequires insurers to file written certification with PID attesting that they are in compliance with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act.Referred to House Insurance 2/1/17
HB 116Kaufer, AaronRequires insurers to provide consumers with an emergency insurance addendum explaining their coverage for addiction treatment services.Referred to House Insurance 2/1/17
Kaufer, AaronRequires insurers to disclose to PID the number of insureds receiving addiction treatment and a breakdown of the treatment, including denials based on types of treatment.Referred to House insurance 2/1/17
HB 118Kaufer, AaronEstablishes The Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program to encourage the use of existing beds in health care facilities for detoxification and treatment.Referred to House Health 2/1/17
HB 119Kaufer, AaronEstablishes a certification process for drug and alcohol houses that receive taxpayer dollars.Referred to House Human Services 2/1/17
HB 120Kaufer, AaronProvides up to $35,000 in educational loan forgiveness for counselors who agree to work for 4 years in a licensed alcohol and drug addiction facility.Referred to House Education 2/3/17
HB 121Kaufer, AaronUpdates anti-drug school curricula to include opioid abuse prevention.Referred to House Education 2/3/17
HB 122Kaufer, AaronEstablishes the Project Lazarus Commission to develop a best-practice model for a comprehensive, community-based effort to consolidate overdose prevention efforts.Referred to House Human Services 2/6/17
HB 123Kaufer, AaronAuthorizes counties with drug courts to impose a $250 fee on criminal defendants who are convicted of or plead guilty to a drug crime to be used for the operation of the drug court.Referred to House Judiciary 2/3/17
HB 124Kaufer, AaronDirects the State Board of Medicine to adopt guidelines restricting the use of buprenorphine and requiring counseling to accompany the prescribing of buprenorphine.Referred to House Professional Licensure 2/3/17
HB 127Baker, MattAdds Carfentanil as schedule II controlled substance.Referred to House Health 2/1/17
HB 196Gainey, EdImplements a statewide needle and syringe exchange program.Referred to House Health 2/1/17
HB 206Hill, KristinProvides for a study to determine drug abuse by parents within resource families.Referred to House Children & Youth 1/25/17
HB 235Watson, KatharineEstablishes a task force on the opioid abuse epidemic’s impact on children.Referred to House Children & Youth 1/31/17
HB 288Heffley, DoyleRequires insurers to provide coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid (ADO) formulations. Requires DOH to adopt mandatory guidelines for prescribing ADOs and to develop educational materials to explain the risks associated with all opioids.Referred to House Insurance 2/2/17
HB 353Nesbit, TeddMandates the electronic prescribing of opioid medications.Referred to House Health 2/6/17
HB 355Davis, TinaProvides for the certification of recovery residences and recovery residence administrators and for the establishment of the State Board of Recovery Residences.Referred to House Human Services 2/6/17
HB 384Readshaw, HarryProvides for involuntary commitment for drug and alcohol treatment.Referred to House Human Services 2/7/17
HB 395DiGirolamo, GeneExempts epilepsy drugs from the prescription drug monitoring program.Referred to House Human Services 2/8/17
HB 396DiGirolamo, GeneRequires that prescribers query the prescription drug monitoring program every time a controlled substance is prescribed for every patient.Referred to House Human Services 2/8/17
HB 440Murt, ThomasRequires health insurance policies to provide coverage for mental illness and alcohol or other drug abuse and dependency that meets minimum standards.Referred to House Insurance 2/10/17.
TBDBaker, MattRegulates pain management clinics.Cosponsorship memo 12/5/16
TBDMcClinton, JoannaCreates the School-Based Abuse Prevention and Intervention Program.Cosponsorship memo 12/5/16
HR 17Burns, FrankRequests Congress to pressure the FDA to reverse its directive allowing OxyContin to be prescribed to children 11-16 years if age,Referred to House Human Services 1/25/17
TBDDiGirolamo, GeneImposes a 10% impact fee on the sales of opioids in PA.Cosponsorship 12/13/16
TBDKortz, BillRequires all manufacturers selling covered drugs in PA to participate in a pharmaceutical stewardship program.Cosponsorship memo 12/14/16
TBDMurt, ThomasProvides loan forgiveness for college graduates entering the mental health, intellectual disability and drug and alcohol treatment professions.Cosponsorship memo 1/4/17
TBDThomas, CurtisRequires outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities to require certain therapies and services to patients.Cosponsorship memo 1/13/17
TBDCruz, AngelAllows for the collection and disposal of drugs by pharmacies.Cosponsorship memo 1/13/17
TBDMurt, ThomasRequires insurers to make their behavioral health benefit no more restrictive than their physical health benefit.Cosponsorship memo 1/17/17
TBDDavis, TinaEstablishes an official state prescription form.Cosponsorship memo 1/17/17
TBDDavis, TinaAuthorizes police departments to establish and administer and ANGEL program aimed at assisting individuals in identifying and receiving treatment for opiate addiction.Cosponsorship memo 1/20/17
TBDBaker, MattAmends the Mental Health Procedures Act to establish that a drug overdose represents a clear and present danger for the purposes of the act.Cosponsorship memo 2/3/17
TBDSturla, MikeProvides immunity from prosecution to an individual or organization who in good faith acquires and administers the lifesaving overdose-reversal medication naloxone.Cosponsorship memo 2/7/17
TBDCaltagirone, ThomasUrges the Governor and Attorney General to file a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies responsible for causing the opioid crisis.Cosponsorship memo 2/7/17
SB 38HutchinsonLegislation strengthening the penalties for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.Referred to Senate Transportation 1/12/17
SB 134Scavello, MarioProvides for a loan forgiveness program for college graduates entering the mental health, intellectual disability and drug and alcohol treatment professions.Referred to Senate Education 1/20/17
SB 174Bartolotta, CameraDesignates the offense of drug delivery resulting in serious bodily injury as a second degree felony.Referred to Senate Judiciary 1/25/17
TBD*Bartolotta, CameraEnsures a comprehensive and patient-centered focus for the treatment of opioid dependence in all treatment settings & requires programs to follow best practices in providing individualized care to each patient.Cosponsorship memo 1/4/17
TBD*Yaw, GeneRequires county coroner's to report in writing to the 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.Cosponsorship memo 1/12/17
TBD*Yaw, GeneRequires mandatory implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.Cosponsorship memo 1/12/17
TBD*Yaw, GeneLimits the prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid to 7 days unless there is a medical emergency that puts the patients' health or safety at risk.Cosponsorship memo 1/12/17
TBD*Alloway, RichardAuthorizes the electronic prescribing of opioid medications as a means to prevent diversion due to handwritten prescriptions.Cosponsorship memo 1/12/17
TBD*Eichelberger, JohnRequires methadone clinic protocols to increase both patient and highway safety by amending the Pennsylvania Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act.Cosponsorship memo 1/17/17
TBD*McGarrigle, ThomasProvides for the regulation and certification of recovery houses, sometimes referred to as "sober" or transitional houses.Cosponsorship memo 1/19/17
TBDRafferty, JohnRequires the immediate notification of local law enforcement and the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control by any facility that has had a controlled substance stolen.Cosponsorship memo 1/19/17
TBDGreenleaf, StewartCreates the Criminal Justice and Addiction Treatment Act to provide for a pre-release plan for inmates with substance use disorders, educate & train govt-funded professionals, & require treatment.Cosponsorship memo 1/24/17
TBDRafferty, JohnProhibits an authorized seller or distributor of a Schedule II drug from accepting a prescription order from a person not personally known to him unless he obtains a printed name, signature and address of the person who submits the order.Cosponsorship memo 1/25/17
TBD*Costa, JayAllows families the opportunity to seek involuntary commitment of loved ones for treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, dubbed "Casey's Law."Cosponsorship memo 1/26/17
TBDRafferty, JohnEstablishes an official state prescription form for distribution by the Secretary of Health for use by medial professional authorized to prescribe drugs.Cosponsorship memo 1/31/17
TBD*Schwank, JudyCreates an Emergency Addiction Treatment Program to expand treatment space at existing long-term residential addiction treatment facilities & licensed halfway homes, & brand-new facilities.Cosponsorship memo 2/1/17
TBD*Dinniman, AndrewRequires school entities to incorporate child opioid awareness education into their curriculum for students in 6th through 12th grades.Cosponsorship memo 2/1/17
TBD*Brewster, JimAddiction 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 4 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.Cosponsorship memo 2/3/17
TBDCosta, JayHelps fund programs intended to address the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania.Cosponsorship memo 2/3/17

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 —2/14/2017