Pennsylvania becomes strictest state with new reform as Senate
Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pa. Hundreds of nurse practitioners (NPs) from across Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg on Tuesday and rallied on the steps of the Capitol rotunda to advocate for better access to care for residents and show their support for Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100.
An hour later, the Senate Consumer Protection Professional Licensure Committee passed Senate Bill 25 by a margin of 13 to 2.
The bills would enable NPs to provide primary and specialized care patients across Pennsylvania, especially those living in rural and underserved communities, by modernizing the state licensure rules. SB25 and HB100 have bipartisan support from legislators and numerous statewide and national organizations, including AARP Pennsylvania, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pa., and more.
A full list of supporting organizations is here.
behalf of patients across Pennsylvania, we thank lawmakers for taking the first step toward modern health care laws. Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP).
practitioners and physicians will always work together,
just as they do in the 22 states that have already enacted this reform. This is about fixing the paperwork requirements so that patients can benefit. is a gynecologic oncologist with PinnacleHealth Women Cancer Center.
a physician, I see the many ways that patients benefit from regular access to quality care. Unfortunately, I also see what happens when they don have regular health care, Dr. Podczaski said. Nearly 35% of Pennsylvanians live in an area with inadequate access to primary care. There are not enough physicians in practice in smaller communities and certified nurse practitioners may provide a solution to this need. became a nurse practitioner in the United States Navy. He currently works as an emergency room NP in York County.
years ago I ran the largest emergency department in the entire Department of Defense system and the busiest emergency room in the Virginia Beach area. We served over 500 thousand veterans. I retired after 27 years of service, and now I want to take what I learned, start a business, and serve patients here, especially fellow veterans Lt. Cmdr. MacDougall said.
state law meant that I couldn just come to York and continue what I had been doing for 27 years in the Navy. Our laws should work with veterans, patients, entrepreneurs and care providers to serve our communities.