For Immediate Release
April 26, 2023
RALEIGH – Momentum for the SAVE Act (S175/H218) continues to build, as Civitas Action becomes the latest organization to formally support Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). The bipartisan legislation is designed to modernize outdated regulations that have not been updated in North Carolina for 40 years. To date, at least 27 other states have already passed similar legislation, which is supported by decades of research showing that APRNs can safely deliver quality, affordable healthcare, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
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“Civitas Action believes strongly in avoiding needless red tape that hinder people's livelihoods. The SAVE Act will unwind unnecessary regulations and boost the freedom of advanced practice registered nurses,” said Donald Bryson, President of Civitas Action. “It is with great enthusiasm that we join the strong coalition supporting this needed reform.”
Civitas Action is a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit that advocates for free-market, limited government policies in North Carolina.
This is the second public endorsement for the bill in as many weeks. There are now 23 organizations outside the nursing profession that have announced support for the SAVE Act.
No known organizations, aside from organized medicine, oppose the SAVE Act.
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 NCNA member Rep. Donna White, R-Johnston, Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, Rep. Wayne Sasser, R-Stanly, and NCNA member Rep. Carla Cunningham, D-Mecklenburg. Primary sponsors in the Senate are Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, Sen. Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell, and NCNA member 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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