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North Carolina Justice Center Endorses the SAVE Act

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2024


RALEIGH, N.C. – Just a few weeks before the start of North Carolina’s 2024 legislative session, the bipartisan SAVE Act (H218/S175) has garnered yet another a new supporter. The North Carolina Justice Center, a progressive research and advocacy organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty, is joining the informal coalition of support for Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

“The North Carolina Justice Center wholeheartedly endorses the SAVE Act. Allowing Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to exercise the full scope of their training is one of the most immediate ways we can broaden provider access while ensuring quality and affordability for patients,” said Hyun Namkoong, Deputy Director, Health Advocacy Project of the NC Justice Center. “We urge the General Assembly to enact this critical legislation to provide more choices for comprehensive and equitable health care across North Carolina.”

More than two dozen organizations now support modernizing rules for APRNs, including the John Locke Foundation, AARP North Carolina, the North Carolina Rural Center, and Atrium Health.

The SAVE Act, which was introduced last year with 80 sponsors from across the political spectrum, is backed by more than 40 years of evidence-based research. A recent update to a 2015 study shows that it would save North Carolina’s entire health system between $647 million and $6.4 billion per year.

There are no known opponents to this legislation outside of the physicians’ lobby.

The organizations endorsing Full Practice Authority for APRNs are:

· AARP North Carolina
· The Affordable Healthcare Coalition of North Carolina
· The Alliance for Connected Care
· Amazon
· Americans for Prosperity North Carolina
· Americans for Tax Reform
· The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
· Atrium Health
· Blue Cross NC
· The Carolinas Center
· Civitas Action
· Concerned Veterans for America
· The Convenient Care Association
· Friends of Residents in Long Term Care
· The Hunger and Health Coalition
· The John Locke Foundation
· The LIBRE Initiative
· March of Dimes North Carolina
· The North Carolina Assisted Living Association
· The North Carolina Association of Health Plans
· North Carolina Citizens for Public Health
· The North Carolina Justice Center
· The North Carolina Rural Center
· One Medical
· United Healthcare




Chris Cowperthwaite, APR
Director of Communications and Outreach
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