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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 […]

Bill To Increase Number of Nurse Practitioners Performing Abortions Introduced in Senate

California Globe

March 4, 2022

California Globe, March 4, 2022 By Evan Symon A bill to increase the number of nurse practitioners allowed to perform abortions without physician supervision was announced on Thursday, becoming the latest piece of legislation designed to increase abortion access in California. Senate Bill 1375, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would […]

California considers allowing nurse practitioners to perform abortions without doctors

The Guardian

March 4, 2022

The Guardian, March 4, 2022 By Samira Sadeque California has introduced a bill that would allow nurse practitioners to provide abortion care without the supervision of a physician. The San Diego senator Toni Atkins, who introduced the bill, said the expansion of nurse practitioners’ roles would address both a looming shortage of healthcare professionals in […]

Nurse Practitioners in CA may soon perform abortions without a doctor’s supervision

CBS 8 San Diego

March 3, 2022

CBS 8 San Diego, March 3, 2022 By LaMonica Peters (KFMB) SAN DIEGO — Nurse Practitioners in California may soon have the authority to perform abortions independently of medical doctors. Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins from San Diego introduced the bill to clarify laws already on the books. Senator Atkins and the California Association […]

More California nurse practitioners could offer abortions under bill

Los Angeles Times

March 3, 2022

Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2022 By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — California would allow nurse practitioners to more easily work independently of a doctor and perform abortions under legislation that expands reproductive care as other states move to restrict access. The bill is one of several introduced this year by California Democrats who have been […]

California nurse practitioners could perform abortions without doctor supervision under new plan

Sacramento Bee

March 3, 2022

Sacramento Bee, March 3, 2022 By Lindsey Holden A new California bill would allow independent nurse practitioners to perform abortions without doctor supervision — a shift supporters say would improve access to the procedure in rural areas with few doctors. Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, on Thursday announced Senate Bill 1375, which […]

New bill would allow nurse practitioners in California to perform some abortions

San Francisco Chronicle

March 3, 2022

San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 2022 By Joe Garofoli Anticipating an increase in people coming to California to seek abortions should Roe vs. Wade fall, state Senate leader Toni Atkins announced a bill Thursday that would enable nurse practitioners to perform first-trimester abortions without being under a doctor’s supervision. The measure is one of 10 […]

California bill would allow some nurse practitioners to perform abortions


March 3, 2022

Associated Press (via KTLA 5), March 3, 2022 By Adam Beam A bill announced Thursday in the California Legislature would let some nurse practitioners perform abortions without the supervision of a doctor — part of a plan to prepare for a potential influx of patients from other states if the U.S. Supreme Court allows states […]

New bill would allow nurse practitioners to perform abortions without physician supervision

San Diego Union-Tribune

March 3, 2022

San Diego Union-Tribune, March 3, 2022 By Paul Sisson A new bill introduced by state Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins of San Diego seeks to add first-trimester abortions to the range of services that experienced nurse practitioners can perform without the supervision of a physician. Soon to be assigned to a committee, Senate Bill […]

Nurse practitioners could soon perform abortions solo in California

Courthouse News Service

March 3, 2022

Courthouse News Service, March 3, 2022 By Hillel Aron (CN) — California Senate President pro tempore Toni Atkins introduced a bill Thursday aimed at expanding abortion access across the state. Senate Bill 1375 would allow nurse practitioners who have been practicing full-time for more than three years to perform abortions in the first trimester without […]

Sen. Toni Atkins Introduces Bill Expanding Abortion, Other Health Care

Times of San Diego

March 3, 2022

City News Service (via Times of San Diego), March 3, 2022 By Debbie L. Sklar Senate President pro-Tempore Toni G. Atkins, D-San Diego, Thursday announced she has introduced a bill intended to clarify existing law allowing nurse practitioners meeting specified criteria to practice without physician supervision — including first trimester abortion care. Senate Bill 1375 […]

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 […]