STAND UP FOR HOOSIER CAREGIVERS AT THE STATEHOUSE!
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 These contracts are outdated, add unnecessary costs, and restrict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.
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.
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!