The state Senate is doing something about limited healthcare in rural parts of PA

04.27.17 | Terry Diener

Lawmakers have passed a bill that lets nurse practitioners provide health care independent of a doctor.

By a vote of 39-10, the chamber embraced a measure that would allow nurses to practice on their own after fulfilling a three-year, 3,600-hour formal agreement with a doctor.

Proponents say the bill is especially important in both rural and urban under-served areas.

Critics say no hearings were held on the bill to vet some of the concerns raised about it.

22 states have given nurse practitioners full practice authority.