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Lincoln, NE: Today, State Senator Sue Crawford (District 45, Bellevue) introduced LB 107, a bill to eliminate the integrative practice agreement from nurse practitioner statutes. The bill is identical to LB 916, a bill the Legislature passed last year by an overwhelming margin of 44-0 before being vetoed by then-Governor Dave Heineman.
“Since the disappointing veto by Governor Heineman at the end of last session, I spent the summer and fall speaking with returning senators and senators-elect regarding my intent to reintroduce legislation to eliminate integrative practice agreements once and for all,” stated Senator Sue Crawford. “I am confident from those discussions we will finish what we started last year.”
“Study after study confirms that restrictions on Nurse Practitioners like our current Integrated Practice Agreement create a restriction of trade that limits competition and access to our health care system that is simply not supported by any credible evidence related to health quality or health outcomes,” Senator Crawford further explained. “This is why the Federal Trade Commission, National Governor’s Association and the Institute of Medicine have all called for the elimination of such agreements.”
“We are so pleased that Senator Crawford has agreed to reintroduce this important piece of legislation this session,” shared LaDonna Hart, President of the Nebraska Nurse Practitioners. “By removing the antiquated integrated practice agreement language, nurse practitioners across the state can focus fully on providing crucial access to cost-effective, high-quality health care services to patients and their families. The passage of this bill will not only remove “red-tape” and practice barriers for nurse practitioners currently in Nebraska, but will assist in the recruitment and retention of graduates leaving the state for more equitable practice environments. We are excited to work with Governor Ricketts, Senator Crawford and our other supporters to remove unnecessary government regulation and ensure better access to health care services for all Nebraskans.”