Access to health care is a top priority for AARP West Virginia, and the state office worked throughout the recent legislative session to improve access and options for patients and family caregivers.
In cooperation with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, AARP advocates pressed for creation of a Palliative Care Advisory Council. The panel will look at ways to improve end-of-life care by informing patients and their families about palliative care and ensuring such care is attuned to their needs.
AARP also encouraged lawmakers to ease restrictions on scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Nearly 628,000 West Virginians live in areas with a shortage of health care professionals, and APRNs have the education and training to meet many of their needs.