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March 4, 2020

San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: Should nurse practitioners do more? Yes because it will boost access to care

California has a severe shortage of mental health professionals. According to the Rural Health Information Hub in 2019, 49 out of California’s 58 counties have a deficit of providers.Read More

February 13, 2020

Capitol Weekly

Health care: Nurse practitioners push for greater role

As California contends with a shortage of primary care doctors, some legislators are pushing to have nurse practitioners fill in the gaps.Read More

February 13, 2020

CALmatters

Facing doctor shortage, will California give nurse practitioners more authority to treat patients?

So far the doctors' lobby has blocked the idea, which promises to expand care options in rural and inner-city areas.Read More

February 10, 2020

USA Today

Here's how to solve the looming shortage of doctors: Nurse practitioners.

Doctors can’t fill every need. To fill gap in care, states should allow nurse practitioners to work at the full scope of their education and training.Read More

February 3, 2020

USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism

California edges closer to letting nurse practitioners see patients on their own

When nurse practitioner Theresa Ullrich drives through the rural areas east of Sacramento to visit her son, she sometimes dreams of opening her own clinic there. Read More

January 30, 2020

Los Angeles Times

Column: One way to make healthcare more affordable? Give California nurse practitioners autonomy

SACRAMENTO — More Californians are acquiring medical insurance, but there are increasingly fewer primary care doctors to treat them. There’s an easy partial fix, but it’s blocked by an old turf war.Read More

January 29, 2020

Eureka Times-Standard

Jim Wood’s bill could give nurse practitioners a larger role with patients

The state Assembly on Monday passed a bill that would expand nurse practitioners’ responsibility in evaluating patients and allow some to provide primary care.Read More

January 9, 2020

Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Unleash nurse practitioners to improve Californians’ access to healthcare

One of the fundamental problems with the U.S. healthcare system is that it’s costlier than just about any other country’s, and yet it does not deliver notably better results.Read More

December 16, 2019

Sacramento Bee

28 states have loosened restrictions on Nurse Practitioners. Now it’s California’s turn.

California views itself as a pioneer of progressive health care policies and for good reason, but the state is noticeably behind in one key area: the empowerment of nurse practitioners, or NPs. Read More

December 10, 2019

Politico Pro

Nurse practitioners, doctors prepare to battle over NP independence

The California Medical Association is preparing for a major fight next month as the chairman of the Assembly Health Committee redoubles his effort to allow nurse practitioners across California to practice independently from doctors.Read More

July 16, 2019

Los Angeles Times

California doesn’t have enough doctors. To recruit them, the state is paying off medical school debt

Reporting from Sacramento — Bryan Ruiz’s hands were still shaking an hour after he learned the $300,000 in medical school loans he took out to become a dentist were being wiped away by California taxpayers.Read More

June 25, 2019

CALmatters

California’s new budget invests in an overlooked piece of health care puzzle: workers

Gov. Gavin Newsom is poised to sign the largest, most comprehensive set of proposals in years to expand California’s health workforce pipeline—tapping $300 million in the 2019-20 budget to address an often overlooked threat to our health care system: a shortage of qualified health professionals.Read More

May 17, 2019

Los Angeles Times

Column: California faces a doctor shortage. But doctors just derailed a plan to fix it.

State lawmakers had a chance Thursday to vote on ensuring that all Californians get the healthcare they need. Instead of rising to the occasion, they punted.Read More

May 16, 2019

Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Nurse practitioners can improve Californians’ access to healthcare

Thanks to the state’s embrace of Obamacare, California has expanded health insurance to millions of uninsured residents over the last five years. But as the number of people covered has grown, so has the strain on the doctors, clinics and hospitals that must respond to the increasing demand for care.Read More

April 26, 2019

San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: Why nurse practitioners should have expanded scope of practice

Health care and the expansion of access to care is a hot topic these days, from the halls of the state Capitol to Washington D.C. Regardless of the various proposals to expand coverage, one crisis that will need to be addressed in this debate is the lack of health care providers.Read More