Jessamine Journal, 10/30/2013
The Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants named Senator Tom Buford as Legislator of the Year for 2013.
Buford sponsored legislation in the 2013 General Assembly that eliminated the 18-month on-site supervisory period for physician assistants. Because of such restrictive legislation, half of all new physician assistant graduates were leaving the state to find jobs. The new law will allow Kentucky to be more competitive in keeping jobs in the state at a time healthcare providers are needed more than ever.
“Senator Buford’s leadership was critical in changing legislation to allow Kentucky PA’s to really meet the health care provider shortage,” KAPA president Virginia Valentin said. “We appreciate Senator Buford’s vision in helping to solve a very serious problem in terms of access to care for Kentuckians. We are very pleased to be able to honor him in this way.”