Members of the Nurse Practitioner Coalition visited Senator Denise Grimsley and Representative Cary Pigman this week to discuss the nurse practitioners role in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The legislators were very supportive of our goals and plan to work with us to improve healthcare in Florida. The coalition consists of appointed representatives from FNPN, FLANP, FANA, FNA and CNM who have joined forces to promote our legislative agenda with One Voice. This year is extremely important for our profession because primary care access is on the top of the State and National agenda. We will start very early this year visiting our legislators and educating them on the benefit of removing licensing restrictions on nurse practitioners in Florida. Being allowed to practice to the full scope of our educational preparation will improve patient care, cost and accessibility. In the next few weeks we will be sending out talking points and the names of specific key legislators to visit. Please plan to actively participate in our efforts to improve health care in Florida!
FNPN Legislative VP