nurse practitioner reform

Cutting red tape on Pa.’s nurse practitioners

Originally published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Expanding health care access has been a major political issue in recent decades — first, during the Clinton health care plan of the 1990s, and then through Obamacare and the subsequent rapid expansion of Medicaid.

Yet, despite the major focus on expanding access to care, millions of Americans live in areas designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as medically underserved. These areas, often rural, have low patient-to-doctor ratios, forcing patients to travel long distances, face long wait times or go without care.

Simply put, these massive health care initiatives did not increase the supply of providers to meet demand.

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