Previously, we have warned of the pending legislation that will restrict the access of injured workers across the State of Pennsylvania to get medications they need. Now, thanks to the House passing Senate Bill 936, the legislation heads to the Governor. It is not bad enough that innocent people suffered injuries at work, now they have to deal with the reality that they will be treated different than patients who are not in the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system.
As noted in an article on Pennlive.com, this legislation “was drawn up in response to reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News about doctors and law firms specializing in worker’s compensation that were operating their own pharmacies.” Perhaps someone would be kind enough to explain why the legislation did not simply prohibit the ownership of pharmacies by these groups? Instead, this legislation does not even deal with this issue. At all. Rather, the legislation makes medications (all medications, not just the opioids that caused all of the supposed angst) more difficult for an injured worker in PA to obtain.
And, again we ask, is this fair? Is this how our elected representatives protect us? By making sure that we have difficulty getting medications if we are unlucky enough to be injured at work? We urge all injured workers, those who care about injured workers and those who care about fairness and justice, to reach out to their legislators, and reach out to the Governor’s office, and let everyone know this will not be done without a fight!