Support Ohio HB 177

Reliable access to quality health care is a top priority for AARP members in Ohio. We believe consumers should be able to get health care from qualified health care professionals of their choice, including nurse practitioners – Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who typically practice primary care – when and where they need it. Yet, Ohio’s laws limit consumers’ ability to fully benefit from the care APRNs provide.

AARP is supportive of Ohio HB 177 which would remove restrictive and outdated barriers that prevent people from accessing the full range of care provided by APRNs. 

Contact your state lawmakers and tell them to support HB 177 and give all residents access to high-quality nurse practitioners for primary care services they want and deserve.

We also believe that giving consumers the choice to directly access APRNs will help older adults and support family caregivers. Family caregivers too often bear the brunt of providing and overseeing the care of a loved one. Nearly 1.5 million Ohio residents are family caregivers providing an estimated $16.5 billion of care annually.

The shortage of primary care physicians in rural and underserved communities is hitting older consumer hard. Older adults frequently lack the ability and resources to get to their appointments because of mobility issues, long travel distances to a provider and wait times for appointments. This puts their health at risk and adds stress to family caregivers.

It’s time that Ohioans have access to the full range of skills that APRNs, clinicians with advanced degrees and certified to provide a range of care.

Contact your state lawmakers and tell them to support HB 177. Red tape doesn’t heal. APRNs do.

 

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Support Ohio HB 177

Dear [Decision Maker],

Consumers should be able to get health care from qualified health care professionals of their choice, including nurse practitioners Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who typically practice primary care when and where they need it.

HB 177 would remove restrictive and outdated barriers that prevent people from accessing the full range of care provided by APRNs.



It's time that Ohioans have access to the full range of skills that APRNs, clinicians with advanced degrees and certified to provide a range of care.

Ohio has the opportunity to join 22 other states, the District of Columbia, and the Veteran's Administration that have revised outdated and overregulated health care rules. AARP urges you to support the HB 177 and give all residents access to high-quality nurse practitioners for primary care services they want and deserve.

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