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Ed Hernandez’s health care bills set stage for fight with doctors
Sacramento Bee

Citing a need for more medical professionals to be able to treat patients who will soon have health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, Sen. Ed Hernandez today introduced a package of bills allowing optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners to expand the services they can offer patients. The so-called “scope of practice” bills set the stage for a massive fight with the state’s doctors, who will likely fight to protect their role as gatekeepers to medical care.

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