House floor is next stop for bill to cut down supervised training of new physicians assistants

02/26/2013 05:52 PM

The measure to drop a requirement for physicians assistants to spend their first 18 months on the job under the supervision of a doctor is now just one major step away from going to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Senate Bill 43 , sponsored by Republican Sen. Tom Buford of Nicholasville, passed the House Standing Committee on Health and Welfare on Tuesday, sending it to the House floor. The bill cuts the physician assistant training requirement to 90 days.

Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, said, “it is in line with what other states have done because physician assistants are not independent practitioners, they are always the responsibility of their physician.”

Several lawmakers, including Benvenuti, have said that they will continue to study the issue and reserved the right to change their vote when the issue comes up on the House floor.

About Don Weber

Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at donald.weber@twcnews.com.

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