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STAND UP FOR HOOSIER CAREGIVERS AT THE STATEHOUSE!

The Indiana General Assembly is nearing the halfway point and things are moving fast. AARP Indiana has been at the Statehouse advocating for older Hoosiers on the issues that matter to them and their families.

These issues range in topics, but all of them can have a significant impact on Hoosiers across the state - especially family caregivers. One of those issues is House Bill 1097, which allows Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice to the full extent of their certified training.

Indiana law currently requires APRNs to contract with a physician to treat patients. These contracts are outdated, add unnecessary costs, and restrict consumers’ access to choice of quality health care providers. This red tape especially impacts Hoosier caregivers in our rural areas, which already struggle with access to health care providers. Other states that have passed similar legislation have seen large increases in APRNs, especially in rural areas.

A 2017 Indiana Rand Study see that same potential for increase here in our state. The Rand Study demonstrated a 14 percent reduction in ER visits, a 32 percent increase in well-child care visits, and increased access to a primary care provider for more than 379,000 Hoosiers if the state were to remove these contracts for APRNs.

This legislation will be up for a vote in the House this week so we need you to let your legislators know that you support joining the 22 states that have removed statutory barriers restricting APRNs. Tell them you want increased access to health care in our communities!

 

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Cut Red Tape and Expand Access to Care

Dear [Decision Maker],

Indiana law currently requires Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to contract with a physician to treat patients. These contracts are outdated, add unnecessary costs, and restrict consumers' access to choice of quality health care providers.



Please vote YES on HB 1097!

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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