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Pennsylvania Senate Committee Advances Bill to Empower Nurse Practitioners

A Pennsylvania Senate committee has passed Senate Bill 25, which aims to increase healthcare access in rural areas by granting certified nurse practitioners the authority to provide primary health care services. Under the bill, nurse practitioners would be able to operate independently after completing a three-year, 36-hour collaborative agreement with a physician.

This legislative move is designed to address the healthcare accessibility challenges in rural communities, where residents often face long travel distances and a lack of public transportation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta, seeks to benefit approximately 3.6 million residents by bridging these gaps.

Having cleared the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee with a 9-5 vote, the bill is now set for a final vote in the Senate, and will require approval from the state House and the governor to become law.


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