Special Session for Medicaid Reform Approaches - Send Your Letter
Some of you have received an email notice from the CAPPAC organization to launch a letter writing email campaign to include ARNP's in the discussion for Medicaid reform. We all need to continue to advocate for ARNPS in this matter and we appreciate everyones individual efforts. However, we need to be careful to address legislators with their correct title. An alternative letter is provided below. Please take the time to send your personal notes to your legislators.
Frances M. Rankin (Sahebzamani), Ph.D., ARNP, FAANP
Dear Senate President Haridopolis,
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), I would like to lend my voice to the 14,000 other ARNPs practicing in the state of Florida and respectfully request that you include our profession in the discussion on Medicaid reform. A substantial proportion of ARNPs in Florida provide primary care to Medicaid patients and have considerable expertise and insights into the provision of care to this patient population. We stand willing to work with you to support your efforts to improve Florida’s Medicaid program.
As budgetary and access issues drive your efforts to identify and implement innovative health care delivery models with an emphasis on interprofessional collaboration and patient-centered care, you have an unprecedented opportunity to employ interprofessional collaboration as a strategy to improve Florida’s Medicaid program. We would encourage you to examine the recent report from the Institute of Medicine which strongly advocates the removal of barriers to nurse practitioner's practice and full recognition of nurse practitioners as primary care providers. We encourage you to examine nurse practitioner practice outcomes in this state and across the country and to consider how we may represent a strong partner in support of your efforts to identify solutions to Florida’s health care crisis.