KAPA has been successful in several of the past legislative sessions and accomplished many great things. See the legislative timeline below.
In the 2018 legislative session KAPA will pursue modified prescriptive authority to allow PAs to prescribe schedule medications. This issue is not new news. As you know, in the 2016 and 2017 legislative session, we began with this goal. Unfortunately we were met with opposition from both legislators and other health professional associations and were unsuccessful in our efforts. Most of the opposition from legislators came from the growing opioid addiction epidemic in both Kentucky and the nation.
Now, more than ever, it is important to be reaching out to your friends and colleagues who are not KAPA members and encouraging them to officially join the Academy. Although our argument is solid, we will need every single practicing physician assistant to be engaged as we soldier forward to pass legislation for authority to prescribe schedule medications.
I am always available to you and welcome your input. Please let me know if you have personal connections with legislators and if you are willing to be a part of our government affairs team.
Andrew Rutherford, 2017-18 Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair