Scope of practice reform

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    Talking without a government license?

    It’s the classic tale of government overstepping its bounds, making itself a burden to the very people it purports to help. A professional counselor in Virginia has been told by District of Columbia bureaucrats that she can’t offer online teletherapy to people who live right next door to her…
    Donna Martinez, March 11, 2021
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    R Street Institute Shares CJ Story about CON Laws

    This week, the R Street Institute published an article on the small regulatory reforms states could make to help their citizens during the Coronavirus outbreak. States like Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington have taken steps to reduce regulatory burdens so that medical professionals in other states “can be licensed… as quickly…
    Brenee Goforth, March 19, 2020
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    Rolling Back Restrictive Regulations: Health Care

    The health care industry has undergone many major changes in the 21st century, but North Carolina’s rules and regulations haven’t kept up. That is the theme of JLF’s Jordan Roberts’ most recent opinion piece featured in Carolina Journal. Roberts writes: In any given sector of the American economy, there will…
    Brenee Goforth, February 17, 2020
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    Roberts’ Review: 2019 NC Health Policy

    JLF’s health care researcher Jordan Roberts is recapping the health care legislation that passed (and didn’t pass) in North Carolina’s last legislative session. Medicaid Expansion Roberts writes: Medicaid expansion was a question of whether to expand our state’s Medicaid program to include able-bodied, working-age adults…
    Brenee Goforth, January 16, 2020
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    Nurse Practitioners Could Fill Geriatric Health Care Gap

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak wrote an article on the effects of scope-of-practice restrictions on the supply of health care professionals for geriatric patients. Havlak writes: Thousands of elderly patients lost their health care provider, and nurse practitioner Michelle Schmerge had to watch them go.  When her supervising physician…
    Brenee Goforth, January 7, 2020
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    Finding solutions to the problem of unaffordable health insurance

    The House Health Committee is scheduled to consider HB 655, Health Care for Working Families, tomorrow morning. First, kudos to the leadership for bringing this issue forward and to members for participating in the discussion.  The governor is strongly in favor of Medicaid expansion. Many progressive House and Senate members…
    Becki Gray, July 8, 2019