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Texas requires Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to have a financial relationship with an overseeing doctor before they can treat patients. For consumers, the result of this unnecessary requirement is a restriction on access to primary care.
A glimpse of the 2021 AARP Texas legislative agenda, which includes advocacy related to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and a host of consumer-related issues.
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AARP Massachusets State Director Mike Festa speaks in favor of An Act To Improve Healthcare By Investing in Value in the State House.
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Alicia Buescher, 64, of Fort Worth has been a nurse practitioner for over 30 years. She’s had a passion for nursing since the age of 16 when she volunteered at a local children’s hospital. “Not everybody knows what they want to do, but I did,” she said.
 Legislation allowing state-regulated nurses with advanced degrees -- known as advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) -- to prescribe drugs and make house calls  passed the Senate and moved to the Governor.
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Frankfort is quiet – for now.  Kentucky’s General Assembly officially adjourned April 15 after dealing with 941 filed bills and crafting the state’s two-year, $21 billion budget.  Every Session is unique and generates compromises, agreements and disagreements on every imaginable issue. For AARP Kentucky, its primary focus this Session was on the needs of the state’s 650,000 family caregivers and the nearly 77,000 retired teachers in the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System.
AARP South Carolina supports legislation to expand healthcare to seniors in our state. South Carolina is currently ranked 43rd in our nation for healthcare, and 33rd for supply of primary care physicians. Our state simply does not have the resources to support our growing population that needs increasing medical attention.  House Bill 3078 will expand the roles of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), giving seniors more access to the medical attention they need. As the number of seniors in our state continues to rise, South Carolina will need more primary physicians to ensure all seniors have the care they deserve, and APRNs can provide that care.
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Nearly 90 percent of Americans want to remain in their homes as they age, and a state law enacted in 2015 makes that a little easier to do.
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