It’s National Nurses Week, and we’d like to recognize the work North Carolina Nurse Leaders do as activists for better patient care. We congratulate our own Cindy Stephens, DNP, RN, FNP-BC on her work to support these two bills at the NC government level:
Local Nurses have been supporting HB 655, the NC Health Care for Working Families Act. While other states have closed the coverage gap, NC still has many un-insured who are forced to seek expensive care at local emergency rooms instead of being involved in pro-active care which can be delivered by primary care physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. We can’t expect legislators to be health care experts, and in fact very few actually are. The North Carolina Nurses Association recently hosted a “ Nurses Day at the legislature” and encouraged nurses from across our great state to share stories and the dilemma’s of caring for citizens who for many reasons are not insured.
HB185 – The SAVE Act
NC Legislators Introduced the Bipartisan SAVE Act to increase access to quality healthcare. Primary sponsors of the bipartisan SAVE Act (SB 143/HB 185) include Sen. Ralph Hise, Rep. Josh Dobson, Rep. Donny Lambeth, Rep. Sarah Stevens, and Rep. Gale Adcock. The full title of the bill is: An Act to Deliver Safe, Accessible, Value Directed and Excellent Health Care throughout North Carolina by Modernizing Nursing Regulations. Research specific to North Carolina shows that the SAVE Act would be a major economic windfall for the state. According to a 2015 study by Dr. Chris Conover from the Duke University Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, this type of legislation will save North Carolina between $433 million and $4.3 billion per year and create more than 3,800 jobs.