Oct. 30, 2023

Capitol Report
The latest news from the State Capitol
Please do not reply directly to this email, as it returns to an unmanned account.
You are welcome to contact me through this link
In the District

Happy 125th Anniversary to Good Shepherd Polish National Catholic Church in Plymouth! A testament to faith, friendship, and the power of community. I delivered remarks with recognition from the House of Representatives and the Governor, reminding us of William Penn's wise words: 'Unless we are governed by God, we will be ruled by tyrants.' Here's to faith, freedom, and the enduring spirit of unity! Thank you for inviting me to your celebration.
A Lifeline for EMS Companies

Emergency medical services (EMS) companies across the Commonwealth will see a significant and much-needed boost in reimbursement rates under legislation I supported in the House that has now been signed into law.

Act 15 of 2023 ties the state’s Medicaid reimbursement rates to federal Medicare rates, and pays whichever amount is higher for services such as basic life support and advanced life support ambulance trips.

The new law also ensures EMS agencies are reimbursed by Medicaid for 100% of the miles they travel with a patient on board receiving care or transport, finally removing the current exemption for the first 20 miles traveled.

Medicare currently reimburses at a rate of more than $8 per mile in both urban and rural areas and $13 for the first 17 miles in super rural areas. Medicaid reimburses at a rate of $4 per mile after the first 20 miles.

The increased reimbursement takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.  
Streamlining EMS Licensing for Veterans

The General Assembly has adopted, and the governor signed, a new law to streamline the professional licensing process for veterans seeking a civilian emergency medical services career in the Commonwealth.

Act 13 of 2023 will ensure that a service member’s military education and training are taken into consideration for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials related to emergency medical services providers, including emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

State law already requires certain Commonwealth agencies to strongly consider a veteran’s military education, training and experience for the purpose of fulfilling requirements for professional credentials. The new law will add the Department of Health, which certifies EMTs and paramedics throughout the Commonwealth, to the list. The new law will also add the Department of Agriculture, which has licensure requirements for such professions as food handlers or inspectors.

The law takes effect in 60 days.
Upcoming District Events

Come sip, chat and be heard — your voice shapes our community’s future! Join me for an informal hour-long meet and greet. Enjoy complimentary coffee while discussing local issues that matter to you. All times 10–11 a.m. Please RSVP to 570-902-4082.