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Nurse practitioner bill reintroduced in MI Senate

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A new Michigan Senate bill would allow nurse practitioners to perform other duties like prescribing meds without a supervising doctor

Supporters argue nurse practitioners can fill provider gaps in underserved areas.

The bipartisan bill is similar to legislation introduced two years ago but never discussed in committee.

Democratic Senator Jeff Irwin says he saw opposition come from groups representing doctors. He says he hopes the bill can move this time around.

“I mean we’re talking about access, we’re talking about trying to reduce wait times for health care, we’re talking about trying to drive down the outrageous cost of healthcare in this country and they’re trying to hold onto turf.”  

The Michigan State Medical Society says similar policies in other states haven’t improved quality of care or lowered costs for patients.

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