Allow NPs to Help Close the Provider Gap

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In 2020, California took steps to close the provider gap with the passage of AB 890, which allowed NPs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

health care access for all.

NPs play a vital role in the healthcare system helping to serve:

Rural Communities

NPs in states without physician supervisory requirements are more likely to work in rural communities.

Rural Communities

Underserved Populations

Underserved Populations

Even before the pandemic, 7 million Californians, primarily Latinos, African Americans and Native Americans, suffered from a shortfall of health care providers.

Medi-Cal and Medicare patients

NPs accept greater numbers of uninsured, Medi-Cal and Medicare patients.

Medi-Cal and Uninsured Patients

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California's health care provider shortage is more than an inconvenience, it's a public health crisis.

By allowing NPs to operate without physician supervision in specific settings, we can not only close the provider gap, but also improve access, care coordination, and overall health outcomes.

Fully utilizing nurse practitioners to help close the state's growing provider gap will lead to:

Better Quality

Research shows NPs deliver comparable care to physicians with lower rates of hospitalization and ER visits.

Better Quality Health Care

Better Access For Medi-Cal and Uninsured

Better Coverage

Over 90% of NPs accept Medi-Cal and Medicare, and 86% see uninsured patients.

Cost Savings

If full practice authority is achieved by 2020, California would see 50,000 fewer revisits to emergency departments — resulting on cost savings of $58 million annually.

Millions of Cost Savings

More Primary Care Providers

More Providers

Over 58% of NPs specialize in primary care.

What Others Are Saying

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Yes, I/we support fully utilizing nurse practitioners to expand access to health care in California.

You may list me/my organization as a member of the Close the Provider Gap coalition.

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