The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Sen. George Barker, Chair of Subcommittee on Health Professions Senate Education and Health Committee, for Senate Bill 1245.
Senate Bill 1245 would repeal the sunset provision included in a bill that passed in 2021 (House Bill 1737) that reduced the number of years of full-time clinical experience a nurse practitioner must have to be eligible to practice without a written or electronic practice agreement from five years to two years. By reducing the transition to practice requirement for nurse practitioners (NPs) to two years on a permanent basis, House Bill 1245 would allow NPs to use the full extent of their education and training to provide care to patients.
Allowing NPs to practice at the top of their licenses means allowing them to use all of their education and training to care for patients. Removing restrictions on NPs to allow them to practice to the full extent of their education and training would increase consumer access to health care, address persisting barriers to care for vulnerable populations and/or patients living in provider shortage areas, and reduce unnecessary health care costs.
Read the full letter here and below: