On November 7, 2017 our bill, H. 2451/S. 1257, along with more than 30 other scope of practice bills, was heard before the Joint Committee on Public Health (JCPH).
MCNP presented testimony supporting the key goals of our bill related to increased access, cost savings and removal of additional barriers for treatment for patients with opioid dependence.
In addition to words of support by our House Co-Sponsor Paul Donato, State Auditor Suzanne Bump endorsed H.2451/S.1257 for its potential to improve administrative efficiency, reduce costs and decrease Masshealth spending.
We will keep you updated on the deliberations of the Joint Committee on Public Health and will let you know as soon as we hear their decision regarding our bill.
In the meantime, we are monitoring the progress of the Senate Healthcare bill and have introduced amendments for more inclusive language for NPs and for removal of prescriptive oversight and joint promulgation.
Our hearing before the JCPH was our first step of many to get our bill passed into law. Please be on the lookout for updates and action alerts and help us pass H. 2451/S. 1257 so that you can practice to the full extent of your education and training and patients can have increased access to NP care.
The MCNP Legislative Team