CNAP Supports Bills to Improve Primary Care Access
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Posted by: Deb Taylor
The Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice (CNAP) proudly supports Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso), Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) and Rep. Cecil Bell (R- Magnolia) in their efforts to improve access to primary health care providers in Texas.
Last week, Rodriguez and Burton introduced SB 751, while Bell introduced HB 1885 that would authorize full prescriptive authority for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Texas. Providing full prescriptive authority to APRNs in Texas would remove redundant and expensive physician supervision of APRNs thereby helping to reduce health care costs and increasing access to health care providers that can prescribe medications for ailing Texans.
"The changes proposed in these common sense bills would greatly improve the ability of Texans to access quality health care," said Mary Loftin, Chair of CNAP. "They would also reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary physician oversight of health care providers who are fully trained to prescribe and order medications within their scope of practice. We are grateful that Senator Rodriguez, Senator Burton and Representative Bell have shown such great leadership on this issue." she added.
"Given that Texas ranks 47th in the country in the supply of primary care physicians and 185 counties in Texas are designated as medically underserved, these bills are greatly needed to help ensure all Texans will have access to quality and affordable health care," Loftin said.
The Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice (CNAP) consists of organizations representing more than 18,000 Texas practitioners who are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) including nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists and clinical nurse specialists.