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Ensure NPs can help close the provider gap and reduce health disparities

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In 2020, California took steps to close the provider gap with the passage of AB 890, which allowed NPs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. AB 852 (Wood) clarifies existing law to ensure that California nurse practitioners are fully recognized as independent providers in all relevant California code sections. Its passage is important to continue to move the state closer towards the goal of

health care access for all.

NPs play a vital role in the healthcare system helping to serve:

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

and a third of the psychiatrists it needs. There shortages threaten California’s health care goals regarding coverage and access for underserved populations and Medi-Cal expansion. Expanding access to nurse practitioners only helps us close the provider gap if all appropriate California code sections are updated to ensure that qualified NPs are authorized to work without physician supervision.

AB 852 is a critical step to ensuring that AB 890 is implemented as intended by the Legislature and Governor.

Fully utilizing nurse practitioners to help close the state’s growing provider gap 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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