Letter to PA House Speaker Turzai on HB 100

Mar 08, 2018

Hon. Mike Turzai
125 Hillvue Lane, 1st Floor
McCandless, PA 15237

March 8, 2018

Dear Speaker Turzai,

As the Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer at the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium I speak for many of our members and nurse practitioners (NPs) across the state asking that you  bring HB 100 to the floor for a vote before the end of our legislative session in May. HB 100 will put patients first and modernize Pennsylvania’s Professional Nursing Law.

NPs play a critical role in caring for patients across Pennsylvania, especially in primary and family health care settings. We are also a crucial link to healthcare in Pennsylvania’s rural areas, where residents may otherwise face significant challenges accessing care in a timely manner. Indeed, this much needed access to primary care in rural areas is the reason State Representative Jesse Topper introduced HB 100 on behalf of his constituents.

In January 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urged the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to pass HB 100 in a letter to Rep. Topper. The FTC remarked:

"Removing existing supervision requirements to permit independent APRN-CNP prescribing and practice has the potential to benefit Pennsylvania consumers by increasing competition among health care providers, which likely would improve access to care, contain costs, and expand innovation in health care delivery."

The support of HB 100 from the FTC is a notable addition to the robust list of national and Pennsylvania-based supporters of the legislation, including the National Academy of Medicine, PA Hospital and Healthsystem Association, the Commonwealth Foundation, and AARP.

I urge you to stand with Pennsylvania residents, Rep. Topper, and your many colleagues who support HB 100 and bring this legislation to the floor for a vote. Enacting full-practice authority for this important sector of healthcare professionals will help expand access to quality care for all Pennsylvanians.

Cheryl Fattibene, MSN, MPH, CRNP
Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer
National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

CC: Representatives Mark Mustio, Harry Readshaw, Zachary Mako, Rosemary M. Brown, Jim Christiana, Gary Day, Joe Emrick, Keith Gillespie, Susan C. Helm, David S. Hickernell, Jerry Knowles, John Maher, Steven C. Mentzer, Marguerite Quinn, James R. Santora, Curtis G. Sonney, Tarah Toohil, Tim Briggs, Carolyn T. Comitta, Dom Costa, Margo L. Davidson, Tina M. Davis, Daniel J. Deasy, Jordan A. Harris, William C. Kortz, II, Joanna E. McClinton, Adam Ravenstahl

Click here to see the list of organizations that support full practice authority in Pennssylvania.