New Senate Bill Could Open Nurse Practitioners to Medicaid Patients

MCCAMEY, Texas (Local 2 News) -  

Nurse Practitioners in McCamey know the struggles rural hospitals have when treating Medicaid patients. "if a supervising physician is not accepting the type of insurance that your patient has, that would limit the provider, the nurse practitioner from seeing that patient," says nurse practitioner Felix Guanajuato.  

 

They're hoping that Senate Bill 654, which would eliminate restrictions preventing advanced practice registered nurses from seeing Medicaid patients, would help curve those barriers. "Of course we get better access for the patients, quicker access for the patients which a lot of times can be very important," says nurse practitioner Debbie Mercer. 

 

Sheryl Vallie who owns a family practice has lost 2 to 4 patients in the last week due to current regulation. "Because HMO's do not recognize nurse practitioners as Primary Care Providers, my people have to go somewhere else," she says. She also believes this will allow more patients to see a specialist when necessary. 

 

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