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2015 Legislative Plan

The APRN scope of practice bill will be re-introduced in the 2015 legislative session. The APRN Taskforce will continue to campaign for our bill, with plans to inform and invite all APRNs to join the campaign. We will continue to contract the services of our same lobbyist, Mary Ellen Conlee, who has been with us for the past four years. With her guidance, we will coordinate a grassroots campaign, continue efforts to talk to legislators and monitor activity during the legislative session. Representatives of the Taskforce will continue to meet with physician representatives from Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Kansas Board of Healing Arts and Kansas Osteopathic Association.

A Note from American Association of Nurse Practitioners Michelle Knowles State of Kansas Representative

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:00:15 -0800
From: "American Association of Nurse Practitioners" <aanp@aanp.org>
Michelle Knowles, MSN, ARNP-BC- AANP State Representative, Kansas
Subject: Update on Kansas Legislation

Fellow Kansas NPs,

I have wonderful news! This past Wednesday, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee held a hearing to discuss SB 218 (companion to HB 2205) that proposed a JOINT regulatory board for the regulation of APRNs with the Board of Healing Arts. The hard work of many NPs and APRNs paid off as they worked diligently before and during the hearing to discuss the

negative effects of this bill. This strong engagement led the Senate to see that the bill was not a compromise as it had been marketed, and was wrong for Kansas. At this time the Senate committee has chosen not to further progress this bill, but we must remain vigilant and engaged to ensure that they remain stalled.

A HUGE thank you to all of you for ALL of the letters, emails, and visits with legislators so that they were informed. While our effort to prevent these harmful bills from moving forward has won us this battle, we still have work to do to ensure the Full Practice Authority Bills, SB 69 and companion HB 2122, move forward. To move toward this goal,  please keep in touch with your legislators and offer to be their resource for health policy issues that arise. NPs are health experts in a variety of subjects! This engagement in broader health policy issues will also help us as we continue educating legislators on the benefits of Full Practice Authority for patients and NPs. Please make it a point to keep in touch with your legislators. Other states with Full Practice Authority have similarly kept a steady drum beat of bill discussion and engagement over several years. Decades of evidence-based research and recommendations from leading health policy organizations show that Full Practice Authority lowers costs, increases access, and improves health outcomes.

Thank you again for all of your hard work!

Michelle Knowles, MSN, ARNP-BC

AANP State Representative, Kansas
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
PO BOX 12846
AUSTIN, TX 78711
Web Site for AANP

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