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CA lawmakers look to expand scope of some medical professionals
Sacramento Bee

Citing a need for more medical professionals able to treat patients who will soon have health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, state Sen. Ed Hernandez on Wednesday introduced a package of bills to expand the services that optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners can offer patients.

The so-called “scope of practice” bills set the stage for a massive fight with the state’s physicians, who will look to protect their role as gatekeepers to medical care.

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