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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners Announces Opposition to Revised California Bill
Amendments spur national organization to reverse its position
AUSTIN, TX (August 14, 2013) The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) today announced that after considering new amendments to California SB 491, the AANP Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has voted to oppose the legislation that it once supported.
AANP Presidents Angela Golden and Kenneth Miller issued the following statement:
"The original legislation supported by AANP would have significantly improved health care delivery and increased access to care for millions of Californians by providing patients with full and direct access to nurse practitioner services. Unfortunately, recent amendments to SB 491 in the California Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee have dramatically changed the bill to a point where the state would not only retain the status quo, but impose added barriers to patients and the provider community.
"The amended bill would make it a crime for nurse practitioners to "supplant" physicians and continue to require unnecessary oversight, negating workforce gains contained in the prior bill. These changes undermine the very heart of the legislation's original objectives, creating additional, unnecessary regulatory roadblocks just as national health care reform is necessitating that the industry streamline care delivery models. California would remain one of the most restrictive states for nurse practitioners in the nation.
"For these reasons, AANP has no choice but to actively oppose the revised bill.
"We remain committed to working with state and federal lawmakers to eliminate arbitrary restrictions on nurse practitioners, thus ensuring access to timely, high-quality health care services for individuals and families in California and across the country.
"We also appreciate that Senator Hernandez has championed and tirelessly advanced this legislation. Unfortunately the amended bill, now workable for the state legislature, no longer works for California. It fails to offer a workable prescription for the state's significant health care needs."
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation's 171,000 NPs, including more than 46,000 individual members and 203 groups, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care.
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