American Association of Nurse Practitioners commends new legislation for improving healthcare access

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners on Wednesday commended Gov. Brian Sandoval and Nevada lawmakers for passage of Assembly Bill 170, which provides Nevada patients with full and direct access to nurse practitioner services by right-sizing state regulations.

The Governor signed the measure into law during a late-night session on Monday.

"Enactment of Assembly Bill 170 streamlines and improves health care delivery, providing Nevada with the ability to adapt and respond to the state's growing healthcare needs. It will also help recruit and retain more nurse practitioners,” stated Angela Golden, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. "Nevada now keeps pace with 16 other states and the District of Columbia, which offer patients full and direct access to nurse practitioner services and moves into alignment with national recommendations. We urge lawmakers in other states that are considering similar legislation to follow suit and take steps toward closing the gap between the care that nurse practitioners are educated to provide and the care that dated regulations allow them to deliver."

 

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