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Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

April 18, 2017

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee by a vote of 13 to three. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

HAP has developed a fact sheet on the legislation that includes the significant issues impacting access to care and increasing demand for services, including:

  • Growing insured population
  • Growing aging population
  • Increasing demand for preventive care
  • Challenging rural health needs
  • Growing shortage of primary care providers

HAP believes that CNPs do not need unending physician supervision when caring for patients within the boundaries of their training. Meeting the appropriate physician collaboration requirements is a reasonable, responsible approach to helping to meet the growing health care needs for Pennsylvania.

Currently 22 states and the District of Columbia allow CNPs to practice to their full authority. Pennsylvania would join these other states while remaining one of the strictest states in the country allowing practice without the collaborative/written agreement.

The committee vote is the first hurdle in getting this legislation to the Governor’s desk. The bill must now receive a full Senate chamber vote and then begin the process in the House of Representatives. A companion bill, House Bill 100, has been introduced by Representative Jesse Topper (R-Bedford).

Last session similar legislation (Senate Bill 717) cleared the PA Senate but ran out of legislative calendar days to see final passage in the House of Representatives.

For more information or questions, please contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice-president state legislative advocacy or Scott Bishop, HAP’s senior vice-president legislative advocacy.

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