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Rep. Bass Reintroduces Legislation To Address Physician Assistant Educational Needs

June 14, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced the Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act of 2021 and issued the following statement:

"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."

Practical experience in a clinical environment constitutes a significant portion of Physician Assistant training in which they gain valuable insight into the common and uncommon conditions encountered in the clinical setting. Yet, PA education programs are experiencing increasing difficulty in securing clinical training sites for students. Students have had to travel farther to sites for clinical rotations and programs are increasingly have to pay for clinical training sites. These costs are ultimately borne by students through increased tuition rates.

The "Physician Assistant Education Public Health Initiatives Act of 2021" would mitigate the critical clinical training site shortage by authorizing a demonstration to expand access to federally qualified health centers and other underserved settings and authorize new funding to improve telehealth training for PA students. It will also fund research into PA education to ensure students are best equipped to provide high-quality care to patients."

In 2010, Rep. Bass was the first former Physician Assistant elected to serve in Congress.

You can read the bill here.