2021 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
TAPA remains committed to removing access to care barriers for patients and improving the regulation of the PA profession. TAPA needs your support for SB 671 and HB 1080, TAPA-sponsored legislation that will recognize and codify the modern role of Tennessee’s PAs, ensuring that we continue to be the most effective partners for patients.
SB 671/HB 1080 (AS AMENDED) HAS ONE MAIN OBJECTIVE:
1. CREATE A BOARD OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
Under current law, PAs are the only medical providers in Title 63 without their own Board. The newly-formed Board of Physician Assistants would consist of seven PAs, one physician (MD or DO) and one consumer member. The formation of this Board will eliminate duplication and delays and allow for self-governance while maintaining reasonable oversight.
CALL TO ACTION
On Tuesday evening, HB 1080 passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives on a vote of 91-0. On Wednesday, it passed in the Senate on a vote of 33-0. It is now heading to the governor for his signature. Once he signs it, PAs will be licensed and disciplined by an independent Board of PAs. Thank you to everyone who helped get this bill across the finish line! We couldn’t have done it without the many PAs and students making calls to legislators. Stay tuned for next steps toward implementing OTP in Tennessee and how you can get involved…