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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Rep. Bass Reintroduces Legislation to Address Physician Assistant Educational Needs

March 17, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) reintroduced three pieces of legislation to help Physician Assistants (PAs) and aspiring Physician Assistants across the country. The first two bills will make sure that people who want to become Physician Assistants have the ability to successfully do so. The third will improve patient care and recognize the work of PAs.

"PAs across the nation are providing high quality healthcare to patients in both our largest cities and in America's most rural areas," said Rep. Bass. "In the next decade the demand for PAs is only going to increase and Congress needs to act today to make sure that we have the qualified health care professionals ready to meet the growing need."
Bass Physician Assistants-related legation summaries:

  • "Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act of 2017" would expand scholarships for PA students, authorize a loan repayment program for PAs who spend at least two years in the classroom educating PA students or working in medically underserved areas or community health centers.
  • "Physician Assistant Higher Education Modernization Act of 2017" would expand scholarships for students studying to become PAs, increase the unsubsidized loan limit for PA students, develop a program to expand PA education programs for institutions that serve rural areas, make Historically Black Colleges and Universities eligible to receive additional grants for PA education programs, and provide funding to colleges and universities to improve the faculty and modernize technology at institutions that are educating and training PAs.
  • The "Health IT Modernization for Underserved Communities Act of 2017," would improve patient care and recognize the work of PAs by extending the electronic health record (EHR) Medicaid incentive payments to all physician assistants whose patient volume includes at least 30 percent Medicaid recipients.

​Bass, serving her fourth term in Congress, was previously a Physician Assistant and has prioritized legislation to enhance the profession.