Statements and Testimony

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

On August 11, 2017, PAEA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) commending the inclusion of practice improvement activity credit for preceptors of PA students in the 2018 Quality Payment Program proposed rule. PAEA urged CMS to include hospitals and health systems as eligible sites for the improvement activity, in order to strengthen the impact of the provision, which would take effect in the 2018 performance year.

AHCA Statement

On June 2, 2017, PAEA submitted a letter to the offices of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer detailing PAEA’s concerns about patients’ ability to access affordable, quality health insurance under the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill. PAEA has offered to serve as a resource to the Senate as it begins consideration of its version of the AHCA.

Senate Appropriations Testimony for FY 2018

PAEA submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee on FY 2018 Title VII appropriations on June 2, 2017. In this testimony, PAEA requests $12 million in funding to support PA education and supports the $580 million request of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition to support Title VII and Title VIII. This testimony was submitted after the FY 2017 omnibus appropriations bill and the release of the President’s budget so it contained additional emphasis on the importance of this funding for PA education, as well as for other crucial Title VII programs.

House Appropriations Testimony for FY 2018

On March 8, 2017, PAEA submitted testimony to the House Appropriations Labor, Health, Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee on FY 2018 Title VII appropriations. In this testimony, PAEA requests $12 million in funding to support PA education and supports the $580 million request of the Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition (HPNEC) to support Title VII and Title VIII. In addition to written testimony, PAEA President Bill Kohlhepp provided oral testimony on PA education to the committee on March 8.