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With a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and health education and counseling, NPs guide patients in making smarter health and lifestyle choices. To continue to provide that high level of patient-focused care, and to continue to serve as a trusted resource for patients, it’s important that NPs delve deeper into how legislative changes could affect their practice.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in March 2010. From general background information to consumer resources and patient education tools for NPs, AANP charts legislative changes on health insurance in the U.S.
On December 14, 2016, the VA published a final rule granting veterans direct access to care by NPs. AANP has a library of press releases, statements and resources for NPs in the VA system.