Pennsylvania lawmakers have been considering legislation that would expand access to critical health care services for those who need it.
These services include:
- Telemedicine, which would enable people to have remote consultations with licensed health care professionals. During times such as these, telemedicine gives high-risk individuals the ability to access quality care from the safety of their homes.
- Expanded scope of practice, which would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to deliver health care without supervision after so many hours of clinical work. APRNs possess a variety of skills they will be free to use to provide care, and, when their scope of practice is broadened, physicians can spend more time with more patients.
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist designation, which would formally acknowledge nurse anesthetists as CRNAs. Pennsylvania law only recognizes nurse anesthetists as registered nurses. A formal CRNA designation would expand anesthesia treatment to more people by allowing nurse anesthetists to put their rigorous training to use without the supervision of an anesthesiologist.
The good news is that these reforms have bipartisan support in both chambers of Pennsylvania’s legislature. With legislators from both sides of the aisle uniting behind these bills, why wait?
Tell lawmakers there’s no need to delay passing these reforms. Pennsylvanians need expanded access to health care now!