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Battle to reform nurse practitioner rules will continue, vows author of SB 491
Southern California Public Radio

The author of a defeated measure that would have allowed California’s nurse practitioners to work independently of doctors says he will re-introduce the bill within two years. Supporters of SB 491 say the measure could have helped to ease the existing shortage of primary care physicians. It’s a problem that’s expected to worsen beginning Jan 1, when federal health law will require most Americans to have insurance or to pay a fine that starts out small, then grows over time.