The Amputee Coalition will be continuing efforts to introduce and pass Insurance Fairness for Amputees in 2019. Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) has agreed to once again champion Insurance Fairness. Currently, Insurance Fairness is being drafted and awaits a formal introduction. We are actively seeking advocates to support efforts to pass the legislation.
Prior to the 2019 possible introduction, the Pennsylvania General Assembly previously introduced Insurance Fairness for Amputees. The most recent introduction took place in 2011, which saw introduction in the House of Representatives. HB783 was introduced and referred to the Insurance Committee, however it did not receive favorable consideration before the committee and the measure failed.
State Government Information
The Republican Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Democratic Party controls the Office of the Governor.
Pennsylvania’s State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Sessions runs from January until December each year.
The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Congressional Mid-Term Elections. The next election will be held in 2022. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor can serve two consecutive terms. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of Pennsylvania’s government. The Governor appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Department provides information about insurance coverage and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.
The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts: