Letters to Senators in Support of SB 1063

SAMPLE LETTERS 
      

Senator

As a constituent of your district in Pa, I am writing to you to please support Nurse Practitioners in Pa obtaining full practice authority and consider signing on to Senate Bill 1063 as a cosponsor.

As a nurse practitioner, I've seen firsthand how dated state practice law is limiting patient care.  Senate Bill 1063 would update law to close the gap between the level of care that NPs are prepared to provide and the limited amount of care existing state law allows patients to directly access.  This bill would modernize regulations and streamline Pennsylvania's health care delivery system.
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Senate Bill 1063 will not expand scope of practice.  It will simply allow patients to have full and direct access to all the healthcare services that nurse practitioners are educated and prepared to provide.  NPs will continue to consult and coordinate care with appropriate healthcare providers, maintain national standards for patient care, and provide high quality patient centered care.  This bill would increase primary care access with no added cost to taxpayers or time delay.  Similar legislation has already been enacted in more than one-third of all states throughout the nation.

Respectfully submitted,
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Senator Toomey

As a constituent of your district in Pa, I am writing to you to please support Nurse Practitioners in Pa obtaining full practice authority and consider signing on to Senate Bill 1063 as a cosponsor.

As a nurse practitioner, I've seen firsthand how dated state practice law is limiting patient care.  Senate Bill 1063 would update law to close the gap between the level of care that NPs are prepared to provide and the limited amount of care existing state law allows patients to directly access.  This bill would modernize regulations and streamline Pennsylvania's health care delivery system.

I encountered a barrier to full practice authority with one of my patients who is a 9 year old multiple-handicapped child suffering from a severe congenital brain malformation. This child is cared for by her elderly grandparents who have lovingly taken over her complex care full time in their home rather than place her in an institution.  Her parents have had problems with addiction and are emotionally unavailable to provide care for her.  Her care requires many items classified as DME including wheelchairs, bed padding and diapers. One day while working in my office, I received a request from a medical supply company to renew a prescription for diapers which are covered by Medicaid as a bulk order. Her grandmother was at the supply company to purchase these needed items and the prescription had expired. I sent a new prescription which was rejected by the medical supply company due to restrictive and antiquated language in CMS regulations that require a physician’s signature. My collaborating physician was on vacation for the week and my substitute physician was only available by telephone.  Therefore, there was no ability to fax a prescription to the supply company, delaying grandmother’s ability to obtain this needed item, diapers for this severely impaired little girl.  This was an unnecessary hardship that this family had to endure and if nurse practitioners were able to practice to the fullest extent of their education and training, this family would not have to receive suboptimal care.

Senate Bill 1063 will not expand scope of practice.  It will simply allow patients to have full and direct access to all the healthcare services that nurse practitioners are educated and prepared to provide.  NPs will continue to consult and coordinate care with appropriate healthcare providers, maintain national standards for patient care, and provide high quality patient centered care.  This bill would increase primary care access with no added cost to taxpayers or time delay.  Similar legislation has already been enacted in more than one-third of all states throughout the nation.

Respectfully submitted,