Former President Bill Clinton Lauds Nurse Practitioners at the Democratic National Convention
July 29, 2016 03:53 PM
At the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 26, former U.S. President Bill Clinton lauded nurse practitioners (NPs) in the context of promoting Secretary Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for President. In 1979, then First Lady of Arkansas, she chaired a local health committee focused on expanding health care to “isolated mountain areas,” he said. One of the committee’s recommendations, he recalled, was to deploy NPs to those areas to provide primary care.
“In 1979, just after I became governor, I asked Hillary to chair a local health committee to help expand health care to isolated mountain areas,” he said. “They recommended to do that partly by deploying trained nurse practitioners in places with no doctors to provide primary care that they were trying to provide. It was a big deal then—highly controversial and very important. And I got the feeling that what she did for the rest of her life, she was doing there. She just went out and figured our what would help people and if it was controversial, she just tried to persuade people it was the right thing to do.”
One of NAHC’s legislative priorities is the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 578 / H.R. 1342), which would allow NPs and PAs to sign home health plans of care. With 78 million Baby Boomers approaching retirement, there are not enough physicians to provide needed care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to prohibit non-physician practitioners from certifying patients for home health services. This outdated rule often means significant delays in their receiving the home health care they need and results in unnecessary hospital and nursing home stays.
The legislation currently has 201 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 52 cosponsors in the U.S. Senate. For more information and to contact your Members of Congress about cosponsoring the bill, click here.