‘Floridians Unite for Health Care’ Praises Florida Legislature for Passing Legislation to Expand Scope of Practice for APRNs

‘Floridians Unite for Health Care’ coalition today thanked the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate for passing House Bill 607, by Representative Cary Pigman, M.D. (R-Avon Park), relating to Health Care Practitioners.  HB 607 now heads to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature.

Arlene Wright, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FNAP, president of Florida Nurse Practitioners Network, said: “On behalf of the ‘Floridians Unite for Health Care’ coalition, we thank the members of the Florida House and Florida Senate for passing legislation today that would  remove restrictions on various Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in the state. The reality is our state needs more health care providers and this good public policy is a step forward in removing some of the barriers that will allow us to modernize our health care delivery system.  We would especially like to recognize House Speaker Oliva for his support from the very beginning and the bill sponsors, Representative Pigman and Senator Albritton, for championing this legislation.”

Vernon Langford, president of the Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners, said: “We are extremely grateful that the Legislature has recognized the extensive training received by nurse practitioners and our ability to bring high-quality health care to countless Floridians who currently cannot receive it. We wish to specifically thank Representative Pigman and Senator Albritton for their leadership on this important health care reform, and Speaker Oliva and President Galvano for making it possible. We look forward to working with the Governor’s Office to address any questions they may have, and then to Governor DeSantis signing it into law.  This is a step forward for APRNs and patients in Florida, and we look forward to continuing to work on this important issue.”

For more information on the Floridians Unite for Health Care coalition, please visit FloridiansUniteforHealthCare.com.

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