Ohio State Senator Frank Hoagland is introducing legislation next week that will modernize the practice of Ohio’s Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). This legislation seeks to remove the mandated collaborative arrangement between physicians and APRNs. Over the next decade, the U.S. will face a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians. This bill would address this shortage by allowing a patient to receive care from an APRN in the absence of the physician and reduce the number of costly trips to the emergency room. As of two years ago,18 states were considered full practice states for APRNs. Currently, 24 states, plus Washington, D.C., allow full practice authority—including prescriptive authority—for APRNs.
We need your help without delay. Please utilize this LINK to find your state senator—just type in your address below the map and your senator will pop up. Click on your senator, and, once on his or her page, click “contact” for a form to fill out your name and address along with zip code. Then, in the message portion of the form, make sure to ask your senator to co-sponsor the legislation that will be introduced by Senator Hoagland next week. This legislation will improve access to health care services in the state of Ohio at this crucial time. This needs to be your own words and how this will have a positive impact on health care access across Ohio.
What we are asking: That he or she sign on as a co-sponsor to the legislation that will be introduced next week by Senator Frank Hoagland, which will update APRN practice regulations to retire the mandated signed physician contract. This legislation will improve access to health care services in the state of Ohio at this crucial time.
Additionally, please be on the lookout for another call to action—we will ask you to come to Columbus in the future when we have the opportunity to provide sponsor testimony.
Thank you for the important work you do, and we appreciate your help in communicating this crucial message to Ohio legislators to get this bill passed.