PANA Lobby Day
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
PANA Lobby Day
Representative Marc Gergely (D-Allegheny) was joined in the Capitol’s main rotunda by Senator Mary Jo White (R-Venango), Representatives Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) and Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery), and several dozen members of the Pennsylvania Nurse Anesthetists Association (PANA) to call on the General Assembly to pass HB 1866, legislation that would allow for the certification of registered nurses as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CNRAs).
According to Rep. Gergely, HB 1866 “would eliminate confusion about the qualifications of these CRNAs in the minds of both patients and insurance companies, and help reduce health-care costs in Pennsylvania”. Rep. Gergely also stated this bill will “ensure hospitals and ambulatory care facilities are properly reimbursed for service performed by CRNA’s”.
Senator White stated that she is impressed with the ability of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) in the commonwealth and HB 1866 is an important piece of legislation for controlling health-care costs in Pennsylvania.
Rep. Barrar acknowledged the important role of CRNAs in preserving life and treating patients in PA, and also pointed out that it is “not an easy profession.” Rep. Barrar urged the House Professional Licensure Committee to get the bill to the house floor.
Rep. Murt commended CRNAs for the critical role they play in Pennsylvania’s health-care system. He also mentioned that the language of HB 1866 was the only piece of Governor Rendell’s Rx for PA that ultimately was not passed.
Diana Davidson, President of (PANA), commended all the members of the legislature who were instrumental in introducing HB 1866. Davidson also stated she was “honored to represent the finest group of advance practice nurses in the State of Pennsylvania.”