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Nurse Practitioners Commend Governor Malloy and the Connecticut Legislature on Passage of Senate Bill 36 to Improve Health Care Access and Patient Choice

AANP urges other states to join Connecticut in taking steps to modernize laws governing patient access to nurse practitioners

AUSTIN, TX (April 29, 2014) Angela Golden and Kenneth Miller, Co-Presidents of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), today commend Governor Malloy, the Connecticut legislature and nursing leaders on passage of Senate Bill 36. The measure, recommended by Governor Malloy, retires the requirement that nurse practitioners maintain career-long collaborative agreements, making Connecticut the 18th state, plus the District of Columbia, offering patients full and direct access to nurse practitioner services.

Golden and Miller said: "Enactment of Senate Bill 36 brings a no-cost solution that corrects a needless regulatory bottleneck long preventing Connecticut from adapting and responding to the state's growing health care needs. This is a welcome step that is supported by all evidence and five decades of experience. Connecticut's patients should thank their representatives for looking out for their best interests, especially given the pressure and money in play through organized medicine.

"That said, the provision in this bill requiring a three year collaborative agreement with a physician for both new nurse practitioners and those new to Connecticut will limit the state's ability to recruit and retain enough nurse practitioners to meet the growing needs of its patient population, especially those in medically underserved communities. Other nearby states with more favorable regulatory environments – where nurse practitioners can serve patients without worrying that they'll be forced to stop offering care because of issues with their mandated collaborator – may prove more attractive places to live and work.

"We urge the Governor and legislators to continue bringing Connecticut into alignment with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures by adopting the consensus model from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Future legislative sessions should seek to remove provisions of law allowing one profession to maintain initial control over another.

"We urge lawmakers in all states to adopt the national standards. Once again, congratulations to Governor Malloy and the people of Connecticut on passage of Senate Bill 36."




The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of over 189,000 NPs, including more than 50,000 individual members and 203 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. 

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