COUNCIL-BACKED HEALTHCARE BILL PASSES CALIFORNIA SENATE
This week (May 4), the bill that would give nurse practitioners the ability to serve the California healthcare system to the full extent of their training passed the Senate on a 25-5 vote. We now turn with our coalition partners – AARP, the California Hospital Association, the California Primary Care Association and many others – to the state Assembly where passage will be a heavy lift. Success is critical, though, because granting “Full Practice Authority” to nurse practitioners is a policy change that has been shown in 19 states to reduce healthcare costs, improve access, and enhance the quality of care people receive. The Bay Area Council remains committed to the creation of a high-value health system for our members, our employees and our state. To get more involved in this effort, please join us at our upcoming healthcare committee meeting on May 19 from 1-3 pm. To engage in our healthcare work, please contact Policy Associate Emily Loper.