Meeting to consider SB 1054, SB 1089, and SB 1001

Senate Health and Human Services

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
10:30 A.M.
Room 461 MC

S.B. 1054 – Sen. Brooks – Enacts the Buprenorphine Medically Assisted Treatment Act (the “Act”) providing for the licensure of Buprenorphine prescribers.


S.B. 1089 – Sen. Stefano – Amends certain specified provisions of the Administrative Code (i) to correctly name the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and the Department of Human Services, (ii) to add Section 2334 (b) (4) requiring that behavioral health managed care organizations that provide substance abuse treatment on behalf of counties do so through a provider network that is geographically accessible to members, and (iii) to make other necessary modifications.


S.B. 1001 – Sen. Costa – Enacts the Public Health Emergency Act (the “Act”) allowing the Secretary of the Department of Health to declare a public health emergency


Meeting to Consider SB 576, SB 1087, HB 1233 and HB 1869

Senate Health and Human Services

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
10:30 A.M.
Room 461 MC



SB 576 – (Dinniman) Enacts the Cancer Trial Access for Pennsylvania Patients (TAPP) Act.  The bill clarifies that the reimbursement of travel and ancillary expenses of cancer clinical trial patients and their companions do not constitute impermissible “inducements.”


SB 1087 – (Senator Schwank and Senator Baker) Creates the Interbranch Commission on the Child-Welfare System.  The Commission would be charged with reviewing and analyzing the child welfare system and making appropriate recommendations for improvement.

HB 1233 – (Murt) Seeks to establish a new standard for court ordered assisted outpatient treatment while leaving in place the current “clear and present danger” standard necessary for involuntary hospitalization.


HB 1869 – (Mackenzie) Establishes a Maternal Mortality Review Committee within the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Public Hearing to Consider Nominations and Confirmations of Teresa Miller, Jennifer Smith and Rachel Levine

Senate Health and Human Services

Monday, March 19, 2018
10:30 a.m. in Room 8E-B, East Wing

Public hearing to consider the nominations and confirmations of
Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller
Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith
and Department of Health Acting Secretary Rachel Levine


Establish a Quorum

Opening Statements
Sen. Lisa Baker & Sen. Judy Schwank

Administer Oath to Acting Secretaries
Sen. Lisa Baker

Introduce Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith
Sen. Folmer

Opening statement followed by Q &A by committee members
Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith | Attachments

Vote on Confirmation

Introduce Acting Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine
Sen. Folmer

Opening statement followed by Q & A by committee members
Acting Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine | Attachments

Vote on Confirmation

Introduce Acting Secretary Teresa Miller
Sen. Baker

Opening statement followed by Q & A by committee members
Acting Secretary Teresa Miller | Attachments

Vote on Confirmation


Meeting to Consider Senate Bills 623, 938 and 978

Senate Health and Human Services

December 12, 2017
10:30 A.M.
Room 461 MC

SB 623 – Bill Summary – Sen. Yaw – Amends Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to codify Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and to clarify certain provisions regarding Out-Of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (OOH-DNR) orders and preventing the use of new OOH-DNR orders executed after the date that the Department of Health adopts an initial POLST form.

SB 938  – Bill Summary – Sen. Sabatina & Sen. Vulakovich – Amends Sections 6337 (d) and 6337 (f) of Title 23 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to require that certain general protective services reports (regarding child abuse) in a Statewide database maintained by the Department of Human Services (DHS) be retained for a period of 10 years, or until the child who is the subject of the report attains the age of 23, and that a County agency is permitted to retain protective service reports that have been expunged from the Statewide database.

Amendment A05239

Amendment A05165

SB 978  – Bill Summary – Sen. Baker – Enacts the Hospice and Home Health Prescription Medication Disposal Act which authorizes a home health agency or hospice, upon the death or discharge of a patient, and with appropriate permission, to dispose of a patient’s unused prescription medicines.


Lyme Disease Task Force Report – Joint Public Hearing


Senate Aging and Youth Committee AND Senate Health and Human Services Committee

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Senate Majority Caucus Room

Lyme Disease Task Force Report


9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. – Opening Remarks – Committee Chairs 

  • Sen. Michele Brooks, Aging & Youth Committee
  • Sen. Lisa Baker, Health & Human Services Committee 

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Panel I 

  • Julia Wagner, MBA, PhD pending, President, PA Lyme Resource Network, Member of Act 83 of 2014 Lyme Disease Task Force
  • Dr. John Goldman, Internist and Infectious Disease Specialist, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, Member of Act 83 of 2014 Lyme Disease Task Force 

10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Panel II 

  • Nicole Chinnici, Forensic Scientist/Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory, East Stroudsburg University
  • Erika Machtinger, PhD, CWB, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Entomology, Penn State University, Dept. of Entomology
  • Doug Fearn, President, Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

10:40 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. – Panel III

  • Dr. Loren K. Robinson, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Department of Health
  • Dr. Rachel Levine,  Acting Secretary, Department of Health
  • Sara Nicholas, Ex. Policy Specialist, Office of Policy & Planning, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Panel IV

Additional Testimony:

To Consider SB 674, SB 179 and SB 439

Senate Health & Human Services Committee

October 17, 2017
10:30 a.m.
Room 461 


To consider the following bills:

SB 674 – Sen. Rafferty – Amends the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (the “Act”) to provide that when the Federal Government adds, deletes or transfers a substance to the schedules of controlled substances, the same shall occur within 60 days to the corresponding schedules contained in the Act.Summary

SB 179 – Sen. Bartolotta – Requires the Department of Health to develop and administer an Internet based acute care mental health bed registry to facilitate the temporary hospitalization and treatment of individuals who meet the criteria for inpatient examination and treatment under the Mental Health Procedures Act.  Amendment to be offered by Sen. Baker.  – Summary

SB 439 – Sen. Fontana – Enacts the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Child Care Facilities Act (the “Act”).  The Act would require the installation, maintenance, repair or replacement of carbon monoxide detectors in child care facilities that use fossil fuel-burning heaters or appliances, fireplaces or are attached to garages.  Amendment to be offered by Sen. Schwank. – Summary

HB 59 and HB 508

Senate Health and Human Services

Wednesday, June 26, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Room 461 MC

HB 59 – Rep. Moul – Amends Section 774 of the Human Services Code to allow an adoptive family to repeal to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services the amount of the adoption subsidy provided to them by the County Children and Youth Services Agency under the Adoption Opportunities Act.  – Summary 

HB 508 – Rep. Cox – Prohibits an individual who is required to register as a convicted sexual offender under 42 Pa. C.S. Section 9799.13, and who is not compliant, from receiving public assistance until the individual complies with applicable registration requirements. Assistance for minor children living in the household shall not be effected by this prohibition. The Department is required to issue regulations to effect compliance with the registration requirements for individuals who are homeless or transient. – Summary

To consider SB 6, SB 655, HB 45, HB 424

Senate Health and Human Services

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Room 461 MC

SB 6 – Sen. Regan –  Establishes the Public Assistance Integrity Act (PAIA). The legislation amends the Human Services Code (Act 21 of 1967) by tightening benefit eligibility criteria, limiting the use of “access devices” (as defined in the bill), and increasing penalties for instances of willful fraud. – Summary

SB 655 – Sen. Yaw – Amends The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act by requiring the Secretary of Health to promulgate regulations regarding opioid prescription guidelines. – Summary

HB 45 – Rep. Godshall – Enacts the “Right-to-Try Act” (the “Act”) which allows terminally ill patients to elect to use investigational drugs, biological products and medical devices which have yet to receive final approval by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”).  The Act also provides certain immunities to health care providers and manufacturers. – Summary

HB 424 – Rep. Benninghoff – Amends the Vital Statistics Law of 1953 (the “Law”) by allowing physician assistants to supply and sign medical certifications of death or fetal death. – Summary


SB 31, SB 211, SB 533, SB 655, SB 728, HB 17, HB 118, HB 126, HB 239

Senate Health and Human Services

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
10:30 a.m.
Room 461 MC

SB 31 – Sen. Scavello – Establishes the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program and allocates not less than $1,000,000 from the Tobacco Settlement Fund for appropriate research.

SB 211 – Sen. Browne – Establishes the Statewide 2-1-1 System Grant Program Act within the Department of Health, in consolidation with the Department of Human Services. Technical amendment to be offered.

SB 533 – Sen. Schwank – Establishes the Emergency Addiction Treatment Program to provide addiction treatment in licensed long-term residential addiction treatment facilities for individuals who are unable to obtain timely or appropriate treatment. Technical amendment to be offered.

SB 728 – Sen. Yaw – Amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act by exempting nonnarcotic Schedule V drugs (used to treat epilepsy) from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

HB 17 – Rep. Hahn – Amends the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to clarify that a parent or guardian of a minor child (defined as a person under the age of 18) can authorize treatment for the minor’s use of a controlled or harmful substance.

HB 118 – Rep. Kaufer – Amends the Health Care Facilities Act by adding a Section 822 establishing the Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program (“EDADP”).  The EDADP provides for detoxification in licensed health care facilities.

HB 126 – Rep. Baker – Enacts the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Entity Act which allows for the prescription to, storage and administration of epinephrine auto-injectors by, certain entities where allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present. Sen. Baker to offer an amendment.

HB 239 – Rep. Toepel – Enacts the Rare Disease Advisory Council Act (the “Act”).  The Act establishes the Rare Disease Advisory Council within the Department of Health.  Sen. Baker to offer technical amendment.