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California lawmakers defeat measure to increase medical duties of nurse practitioners
Sacramento Bee

A medical turf war played out in the Capitol on Tuesday as lawmakers defeated a bill increasing the scope of practice for nurse practitioners while approving another for pharmacists.

The bills are part of a slew of proposed legislation, including three measures by Democratic Sen. Ed Hernandez of West Covina that aim to increase the medical duties of optometrists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other medical professionals. At issue is how to best increase access to care once federal law requires nearly everyone to have health insurance.