Cause for Celebration
For those of you who are not members of AANP, we received a great cause for celebration over the weekend.
Massachusetts has just become the 23rd state in the nation, plus the District of Columbia, Guam and the Mariana Islands, to enact Full Practice Authority for nurse practitioners (NPs)!
With the enactment of a major health care overhaul reform bill for Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker and legislators in the state have brought full and direct access to NP care to Massachusetts patients. Massachusetts now joins all of the states in Region 1 in sharing the benefits of improved access to the provider of their choice. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) congratulates the entire state and all NPs and other stakeholders who educated the public and policymakers on the benefits of bringing Full Practice Authority to the state.
Have a peek here at the latest AANP 2021 Nurse Practitioner State Practice Environment Map to see Massachusetts looking great in green.
As you know, this makes Massachusetts the latest since South Dakota in 2017 and Guam in 2018 to adopt Full Practice Authority with support from AANP. These efforts would not be possible without strategic and powerful engagement from NPs and other health care leaders in the states. We encourage you to connect with one of the AANP NP Organization Members in your state to get involved and support legislative change in your state!
As you may be aware, we will be presenting our case to the Texas Legislature this year again. We need you as practicing NPs and NP students to advocate for our profession in our efforts to advance our initiatives.
What a great start to the new year! Have a great 2021!