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Close the Provider Gap and Reduce Health Disparities in California

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AB 890 removes an outdated supervisory requirement, allowing Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to help close California’s provider gap, reduce health disparities made more apparent by COVID-19, and support our state’s goal of

health care access for all.

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, California’s provider shortage affected millions, and still especially affects:

Rural Communities

NPs in states without physician supervisory requirements are more likely to work in rural communities.

Rural Communities

Underserved Populations

Underserved Populations

Even before the pandemic, 7 million Californians, primarily Latinos, African Americans and Native Americans, suffered from a shortfall of health care providers.

Medi-Cal and Medicare patients

NPs accept greater numbers of uninsured, Medi-Cal and Medicare patients.

Medi-Cal and Uninsured Patients

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The COVID crisis has underscored the need to address California’s systemic health care shortages.

In 10 years, our state will be short 4,100 primary care providers

and a third of the psychiatrists it needs. Without action, these shortages threaten California’s short-term COVID-relief plans and long-term health care goals regarding health care coverage for underserved populations and Medi-Cal expansion. Meeting California’s goals are only possible if we have policies needed to close the provider gap.

AB 890 allows NPs to be a part of the solution to close the state’s provider gap. Removing the outdated supervisory requirement will lead to:

Better Quality

Research shows NPs deliver comparable care to physicians with lower rates of hospitalization and ER visits.

Better Quality Health Care

Better Access For Medi-Cal and Uninsured

Better Coverage

Over 90% of NPs accept Medi-Cal and Medicare, and 86% see uninsured patients.

Cost Savings

If full practice authority is achieved by 2020, California would see 50,000 fewer revisits to emergency departments – resulting on cost savings of $58 million annually.

Millions of Cost Savings

More Primary Care Providers

More Providers

Over 58% of NPs specialize in primary care.

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