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Op-Ed: July 2015
Vaccination Law - Nurses

SB277 and SB792

Marchers should meet, and be ready to start at 12:30 pm in the parking lot on the south (San Francisco) side of the bridge at noon. Bring signs, banners and your voice to this event.

Join thousands across California as we march simultaneously to demonstrate to our Governor that he must VETO SB277 and SB792. 

 

Our Mission: On Friday, July 3rd, Californians will rally in cities across the state, to illuminate the truth, celebrate and stand for health, safety, education, freedom and justice for all, at the Independence Day Weekend:

 

HEALTH FREEDOM RALLY OF CALIFORNIA

We will join in mass to demonstrate our sincere opposition to the unwarranted and threatening force of the government as it moves – in partnership with big pharma - to strip us of our parental, health and medical freedoms through proposed mandated legislation, such as California Senate Bill 277. 

Through this fight, we have found strength and community. Now is the time to stand up as a unified body and protect our unalienable rights as American citizens, that:

• We as individuals have the right to make informed and conscious decisions about our well-being, and that of our children. 

• The lives of our children must never be used as collateral, nor one child’s life ever deemed more valuable than another. 

• Every child receives an education, free from condition, prejudice or duress. 

• Free exercise of religious rights must be defended under the First Amendment of the United States of America, without punishment.

The immeasurable and unstoppable power of our love for our children, families, and our communities – immediate and globally – serves to raise awareness to the importance of retaining health choice and medical freedom for one, and for all. 

All cities across California are invited to host the ultimate event, inspiring ourselves and others to join this global awareness uprising. 

Join us and show the world WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!

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OpEd: Closing California’s Provider Gap: Remove Outdated Barriers to Nurse Practitioners

By Patricia Pérez, California State President, AARP

Even before the Affordable Care Act was implemented, California was experiencing a shortage in primary care providers. Now, with a surge in newly-insured Californians, demand for health services is increasing exponentially. That’s the good news. The bad news is that California does not have enough doctors to provide primary care services to potentially millions of new patients. Thankfully, there is an easy solution to help address this problem:  Allowing nurse practitioners to more easily provide the basic health care services they currently provide by eliminating the requirement that the treating physician authorize the services in writing, as is currently required under California’s law. This small change would allow the increasing number of patients seeking routine healthcare services to be seen in a more prompt and efficient manner, which is certain to improve outcomes and reduce costly emergency room visits.

A bill in the California Legislature -- SB 323 (Hernandez) -- would allow nurse practitioners, some of the best-trained professionals in the health care workforce, to provide primary care to patients who would otherwise have to endure long waiting periods to be seen by a doctor -- and who would perform the exact same services as a nurse practitioner would. SB 323 would simply remove the antiquated requirement for a physician to authorize the nurse practitioner to do so in writing that only increases administrative costs without improving the quality of care.  

While California has long been a leader in innovation, our state is now the only western state that has failed to revise its health care rules to allow Californians access to highly-trained nurse practitioners for primary care.  According to a new poll from AARP, the vast majority (75%) of California registered voters age 45 and older, say it is important to allow nurse practitioners to provide complete primary care, and 70% of them support SB 323, the proposed legislation that would make that option a reality. The same AARP survey found that nearly 70 percent of California voters age 45 and older has seen nurse practitioners for routine health care; that percentage jumps by 10 points (80%) for those living in rural areas. Nearly all (90%) rate the quality of care from nurse practitioners as excellent (60%) or good (30%).

AARP is especially interested in eliminating obstacles that impede access to care, especially for older patients who need to receive care at home to continue living independently and stay out of costly nursing homes. Nurse practitioners have the training and skills to provide them with the primary basic care they need. 

That is why AARP is asking California legislators to put patients’ interest first, and help California bridge the gap between the increasing numbers of patients seeking routine health care services and a shortage of primary care providers.

Making SB 323, the Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority bill, into law would allow Californians to get the care they need whenever and wherever they need it. By giving nurse practitioners the authority to practice, we are giving patients more choices to get routine health care in a variety of settings, such as medical offices, community health centers, at home -- even in the workplace.  And in the case of family caregivers, this means being able to get routine health care for their older parents, spouses or other loved ones at their own homes.  

Put simply, SB 323 eliminates outdated and unnecessary requirements that prevent nurse practitioners from practicing to the full extent of their education and training to care for patients. However, SB 323 does not allow nurse practitioners to offer any care or services above and beyond what they are legally able to perform right now.  It merely removes antiquated supervision requirements that increase administrative costs without improving the quality of care.  SB 323 will free up nurse practitioners to provide patient care and help fill the gap of provider shortages in some of the state’s most underserved areas. 

All Californians deserve prompt access to quality, affordable health care services, and passing SB 323 would be in an important step towards achieving that goal.