Response by Senator Ed Hernandez on Increasing Nurse Practitioners Scope

April 30, 2014

IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     Contact: Janet Chin, Communications Director
April 30, 2014                                                                                                626.430.2499
(Sacramento, CA)-- “The Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s report released today adds to the staggering amount of evidence clearly showing that allowing Nurse Practitioners more authority to practice will help increase access to care, improve the quality of that care, and help lower overall health care costs.  If we truly want to increase access to quality care, especially in areas of our state where the provider shortage is at its worst, then we must allow trained medical professionals like Nurse Practitioners the ability to practice to the full extent of their training. It’s unacceptable to mandate people purchase health coverage without taking steps to ensure those same people are able to use their coverage to see a qualified health care provider.”