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restrictive and outdated barriers that prevent people from accessing the full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.
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 HB 177 would remove restrictive and outdated barriers that prevent people from accessing the full range of care provided by APRNs.
Sincerely[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]