For Immediate Release
April 19, 2023
RALEIGH - The Affordable Healthcare Coalition of North Carolina (AHC) is the latest organization to publicly endorse HB 218/ SB 175, the SAVE Act. This legislation grants Full Practice Authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), a move that cuts outdated red tape and has been demonstrated to increase access to quality, affordable healthcare. At least 27 other states have already implemented similar legislation, and decades of research has shown that modernized APRN regulations are effective and safe.
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“The bipartisan SAVE Act will increase healthcare access and lower costs by removing outdated government regulations to allow high-skilled nurses to practice at the full level of their education and training,” AHC said in in the Legislative Scorecard section of its website. “Removing this barrier could greatly expand access to care while saving up to $4.3 billion in healthcare costs, without any sacrifice in quality.”
AHC is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization made up of North Carolina organizations and people who are interested in seeing lower healthcare costs for families and businesses. AHC joins a growing list of 22 organizations outside the nursing profession to support the SAVE Act.
To date, no public opposition to the bill exists outside of organized medicine.
The SAVE Act was introduced in February 2023 and garnered 59 bipartisan sponsors in the House and 21 in the Senate. Primary sponsors in the House are Rep. Donna White, R-Johnston, Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, Rep. Wayne Sasser, R-Stanly, and Rep. Carla Cunningham, D-Mecklenburg. Primary sponsors in the Senate are Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, and Sen. Gale Adcock, D-Wake. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, while not a formal sponsor, has publicly supported the bill.
Chris Cowperthwaite, APR
Director of Communications and Outreach
(919) 821-4250 or ChrisCowperthwaite@ncnurses.org
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