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Texans for Healthcare Access

Allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to care for Texans.

 The Issue

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) are masters or doctorate level health care providers who are subject to specific occupational licensing barriers which limit access to care for patients and drive up the cost of health care in Texas.

 

Texas has a critical shortage of primary care providers, with 432 Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in urban, suburban, and rural areas across the state.  APRNs are quality, cost-effective providers who can help address this shortage if Texas passes legislation to remove barriers standing in the way of APRNs and their patients.

The Problem

To practice in Texas, APRNs are required to enter into a contract, or what’s called a “delegation agreement,” with a physician. In many cases, the delegation is simply a physician's signature that says the APRN can practice. Some APRNs actually have to pay thousands of dollars a year for this agreement.

 

More states are opting to cut the red tape, eliminate delegation agreements, and give patients full and direct access to the quality care APRNs provide. Currently 22 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs do not require these agreements. Meanwhile, lawmakers in New Mexico and Arizona are recruiting Texas-trained APRNs to their states, where APRNs face fewer regulatory burdens and lower practice costs.

The Solution

The Coalition for Health Care Access urges all Texas legislators to join us in supporting legislation, which will keep more APRNs in Texas and remove the requirement for unnecessary, expensive, and many times unfair pay-to-play delegation agreements between APRNs and physicians. This is zero-risk, zero-cost solution that will put patients first, and ensure that more Texans can access the vital care they need.

February 10, 2017

(Photo: Madlin Mekelburg via Twitter)

On February 9th, Representative Stephanie Klick and Representative Donna Howard announced HB 1415/SB 681, a full practice authority bill that would remove outdated and costly barriers to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) a...

December 6, 2016

In a wave of timely Op-eds highlighting health care access issues for the upcoming legislative session, two prominent pro-business organizations, Texas Association of Business and Texas Public Policy Foundation, made an urgent call for full practice authority for advan...

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