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2019 General Assembly Session
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Please join us for our 2019 Lobby Days! This year's Lobby Days will be on January 29, January 31, February 5, and February 7. For more information, including the registration form, please visit the Lobby Days homepage.

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Our lobbyist updates our members weekly via email on the latest news related to issues important to nursing at the General Assembly. We also provide members with a printable Legislative Guide. 

Legislation We Support

View the full list of bills we are supporting and tracking.

HB 1640 - Equitable Reimbursement for Nurse Practitioners
 
HB1640/SB1178 would ensure that nurse practitioners (NPs) are able to bill insurance directly using their National Provider Identification (NPI) number. Currently, many NPs bill through their collaborating physician’s NPI; this legislation simply allows the NP to replace the collaborating physician’s number with their own. This legislation would institute a straightforward change in the Code of Virginia, §§ 38.2-3408, to include nurse practitioners among the providers who receive reimbursement for services. 

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SB 1395 - Protect Healthcare Workers
Healthcare providers, particularly nurses and emergency room medical staff, face challenging situations every day in service of their community. In 2017, we worked to help address this issue by expanding the application of minimum penalties for assault and battery on healthcare providers.

 SB 1395, as amended, affords healthcare workers certain protections that we already provide to teachers and school employees in performance of their public service duties.

 It is currently a Class 1 misdemeanor to make oral threats to school employees while on a school bus, on school property, or at a school function. This legislation extends that same penalty for verbal threats to heath care providers in a hospital or emergency care facility setting, when the individual knows that person is indeed a healthcare provider. This not only helps provide necessary protection for hospital workers, but also provides clarity for law enforcement. 

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SB 1557 - Clarify and Improve the Regulation of Pharmaceutical Processors - SB 1557

In 2018, we saw the successful passage of the Let Doctors Decide legislation, which allowed physicians to issue a written certification for the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil or THC-A oil for the treatment of or to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such useSB 1557 would expand this to allow licensed nurse practitioners and licensed physician assistants to issue these written certifications. This legislation also requires the Board of Pharmacy to to promulgate regulations establishing dosage limitations, which shall require that each dispensed dose of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil 10 milligrams and each dispensed package of cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil not exceed 100 milligrams. 

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