HARRISBURG – The state Senate approved legislation to help physician assistants work and practice in PA. Senate Bill 397 amends the Osteopathic Medical Practice Act and Senate Bill 398 amends the Medical Practice Act of 1985 to modernize and advance the practice of physician assistants. The Commonwealth is a leading state for physician assistant education with over 20 programs statewide. While many physician assistants receive their education here, current legislation makes it less appealing for them to stay in PA. Both bills provide reforms that will encourage more physician assistants to practice here and enhance the diverse range of medical professionals across our healthcare delivery system.The bills now go to the state House for consideration.