Senator Ted Erickson’s (R-26) Senate Bill 5, Community-Based Health Care Clinics, was signed into law by Governor Corbett on May 21, 2013. Now Act 10 of 2013, this law provides for the establishment of the Community-Based Health Care Program within the Department of Health, paving the way for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) – certified registered nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists – to receive grant funding to provide greater access to health care services.
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, representing more than 211,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, supported Senate Bill 5 and the inclusion of APRNs within the legislation. APRNs open, manage and maintain clinics across the Commonwealth. In today’s changing health care environment, APRNs deliver high-quality and cost-effective primary care, and reduce overall health care costs by expanding and improving access to the underserved and uninsured.
“PSNA is proud to be a leading voice for increased patient access to nurse-managed care,” states PSNA Chief Executive Officer Betsy M. Snook, MEd, BSN, RN. “Senator Erickson has been a champion of this vital legislation and we thank him as he stands with nurses during these transformative times. We also applaud Governor Corbett for making this bill a legislative priority.”
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) is the non-profit voice for nurses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Representing more than 211,000 nurses, the Association works to be essential in advancing, promoting and supporting the profession of nursing to improve health for all in the Commonwealth. PSNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association (www.panurses.org).