Independence Day – Time to Prioritize Veterans’ Access to Health Care

As families across the nation celebrate Independence Day, AANP is focused on increasing access to health care for our veterans.  On May 25, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) practicing in Veterans Health Administration facilities.

This proposal [RIN: 2900-AP44 – Proposed Rule – Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (81 Fed. Reg. 33155, May 25, 2016)] would authorize NPs to practice to the top of their education and preparation without physician supervision in all areas of practice with the exception of prescribing controlled drugs which remains under the authority of the federal Controlled Substances Act.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners applauds this move to provide our nation’s veterans with direct access to the health care services of NPs and other APRNs.

Your help is essential! The Department of Veterans Affairs will accept comments on this proposal until July 25. The voice of the nurse practitioner must be heard loud and clear. We ask that you use the link below to access our Advocacy Center where you can submit your comments to the VA. Stay tuned for more updates as this process moves forward.

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Utilize the resources below for more information on the topic and to submit comments to the proposed rule.

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