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AANP President Urges Senate to Ensure Health Care Legislation Upholds Patient Protections, Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions

AUSTIN, TX -- AANP President Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, CFNP, FAANP, released the following statement to the media on Friday, September 22: “As the Senate moves closer to action on health care reform, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) urges Senators to take a measured approach ensuring that any final legislation protects patient access to Medicaid, Medicare and other programs that cover the cost of care. There are more than 234,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) delivering health care to patients throughout the country. Currently, three of four NPs treat Medicare beneficiaries, and 78 percent see Medicaid patients. As this process moves forward, proposals must protect affordable coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, uphold the principles of essential benefits, safeguard patients' access to the health care provider of their choice, including nurse practitioners, and strengthen the health care workforce while bringing greater overall efficiency to the health care system.”