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Doctor Shortage Leaves Nurses to Fill Gap

FOX 40 News

July 27, 2023

TRANSCRIPT: FOX 40 Anchor Sonseeahray Tonsall: “A new report from Comp Health indicates 11 million Californians live in an area with a shortage of primary care providers. Research done by staff.com shows that last year the national average wait to see a new physician was 26 days. Appointments at smaller clinics may be the answer […]

Editorial: Unleash nurse practitioners to improve Californians’ access to healthcare

Los Angeles Times

January 9, 2020

One of the fundamental problems with the U.S. healthcare system is that it’s costlier than just about any other country’s, and yet it does not deliver notably better results. Read the Full Editorial from Los Angeles Times

28 states have loosened restrictions on Nurse Practitioners. Now it’s California’s turn.

Sacramento Bee

December 16, 2019

California views itself as a pioneer of progressive health care policies and for good reason, but the state is noticeably behind in one key area: the empowerment of nurse practitioners, or NPs. Read the full article from Sacramento Bee

Nurse practitioners, doctors prepare to battle over NP independence


December 10, 2019

The California Medical Association is preparing for a major fight next month as the chairman of the Assembly Health Committee redoubles his effort to allow nurse practitioners across California to practice independently from doctors. Read the full article from Politico

California doesn’t have enough doctors. To recruit them, the state is paying off medical school debt

Los Angeles Times

July 16, 2019

Reporting from Sacramento — Bryan Ruiz’s hands were still shaking an hour after he learned the $300,000 in medical school loans he took out to become a dentist were being wiped away by California taxpayers. Read the full article from Los Angeles Times 

California’s new budget invests in an overlooked piece of health care puzzle: workers

Cal Matters

June 25, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom is poised to sign the largest, most comprehensive set of proposals in years to expand California’s health workforce pipeline—tapping $300 million in the 2019-20 budget to address an often overlooked threat to our health care system: a shortage of qualified health professionals. Read the full article from Cal Matters

Column: California faces a doctor shortage. But doctors just derailed a plan to fix it.

Los Angeles Times

May 17, 2019

State lawmakers had a chance Thursday to vote on ensuring that all Californians get the healthcare they need. Instead of rising to the occasion, they punted. Read the full column from Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Nurse practitioners can improve Californians’ access to healthcare

Los Angeles Times

May 16, 2019

Thanks to the state’s embrace of Obamacare, California has expanded health insurance to millions of uninsured residents over the last five years. But as the number of people covered has grown, so has the strain on the doctors, clinics and hospitals that must respond to the increasing demand for care. Read the full Editorial from […]

Commentary: Why nurse practitioners should have expanded scope of practice

San Diego Union-Tribune

April 26, 2019

Health care and the expansion of access to care is a hot topic these days, from the halls of the state Capitol to Washington D.C. Regardless of the various proposals to expand coverage, one crisis that will need to be addressed in this debate is the lack of health care providers. Read the full Commentary […]