LWVAL Action Priority Level II - Monitoring occurs; action dependent on opportunity and available resources.
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LWVAL has taken a position on these bills:
HB186 - Physician's Assistants Service Program, created, administered by the Board of Medical Scholarship Awards, funding of program, tax credits for participation
Sponsor(s): Representatives Lee, Chesteen and Clouse
Summary/Synopsis: This bill establishes the Physician Assistants Service Program, funded by the Education Trust Fund, which awards loans to students interested in becoming Physician Assistants; these loans will be repaid through work for a stipulated time in an area of critical need in a medically underserved area of Alabama.
League Action and Justification: Support. Our health care position supports the use of physicians’ assistants and innovation in educating medical professionals and attracting them to the underserved areas of our state – this innovative program provides safeguards against abuse of the loans as well as furnishes medical professionals to areas of the state that are currently without them.
SB227 - Advanced Practice Nurses, Loan-Repayment Program established for, to pay for education of, Secs. 34-21-94 to 34-21-99, inclusive, added
Sponsor(s): Senators Reed and Melson
Summary/Synopsis: This bill establishes a loan repayment program for Advanced Practice Nurses to acquire their educational credentials. As in HB186 pertaining to Physician Assistants, educational loans can be repaid by working in medically underserved areas of our state.
03/03/2016: 2nd Read and placed on the calendar with 1 Amendment (174977-3); pending 3rd Read and Favorable from F&TE with 1 Amendment; F&TE 1st Amendment Offered
03/22/2016: 3rd Reading Passed; Finance and Taxation Education Amendment (174977-3) Offered; Reed motion to Table adopted by Voice Vote; Reed Amendment (175544-1) Offered; Motion to Adopt adopted by Roll Call; Motion to Read a 3rd Time and Pass adopted by Roll Call; Engrossed
Note: The Reed Amendment’s key point is: “An area of critical need shall be an area in Alabama with a critical need, as determined by the Board, for advanced-practice nurses, and shall not be a part of, or within five miles of, an urbanized area as defined most recently by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Board shall adopt rules under the Administrative Procedure Act to implement this section.”