Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistances

Legislative Timeline

A snapshot of KAPA's legislative history.

MARCH 27, 2020 — HB-135: Physician Assistant Prescriptive Authority

Kentucky Physician Assistants achieve authority to prescribe Schedule III-V controlled substances. KAPA worked with legislators to prioritize passage of this bill, with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both chambers, amongst the COVID-19 pandemic to insure that PAs are able to practice to their full scope and help to respond to this and other health emergencies.

MARCH 11, 2019 — SB-1: School Safety

Building off the addition of Physician Assistants to the list of qualified mental health providers and recognizing the increased need for increased access to mental health services the Kentucky General Assembly passed a comprehensive school safety bill that included Physician Assistants as a resource for those services.

APRIL 13, 2018 — HB-497

On April 2, 2018 HB-497, which amends KRS 202A.011 to include physician assistants on the list of individuals able to serve as qualified mental health professionals, was signed by signed by the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate and delivered to Governor for signature. The bill was signed into law on April 13, 2018 by Governor Matt Bevin.

APRIL 2, 2018 — HB-81

On April 2, 2018 Governor Matt Bevin signed HB-81 into law which amends KRS 189.456 to include physician assistants on the list of licensed professionals allowed to issue temporary accessible parking placards.

APRIL 9, 2016 — SB-154

SB-154 removes 10 percent co-signature requirement, leaving co-signature up to the discretion of the supervising physician or institution.

APRIL 3, 2015 — HB-258

HB-258 increases the number of PAs a physician is allowed to supervise from 2 to 4.

APRIL 7, 2014 — SB-41

SB-41 lowers cosignatory requirement of PA patient records by supervising physician from 100 to 10 percent.

MARCH 22, 2013 — HB-104

HB-104 elimination of 18 month rule for new PA graduates effective 06/31/14.

MARCH 9, 2008 — HB-458

HB-458 allows PAs to practice in a separate location from supervising physician.