Signature Authority Bill Update

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama is thrilled to announce that the Signature Authority Bill (SB46/HB429) crossed the final hurdle with full passage of the bill on March 22, 2018 in Montgomery. NPAA is grateful for the hard work and support of the many constituents who supported the bill including the countless NPAA members who took time to be in Montgomery as well as those who called their senators and representatives to share our vision of how this bill can improve access to care, reduce costs, and improve health outcomes. Additionally, we want to thank the many organizations and agencies who worked with us to achieve passage. Each vote of the bill passed unanimously in the Senate and House. The bill now goes to Governor Ivey for her signature. Once signed into law, CRNPs and CNMs in Alabama to have signature authority for many forms that in the past have required a physician to sign in addition to an advanced practice nurse.

"NPAA put out 'Calls to Action' for our membership to contact their legislative officials throughout this legislative session to advocate for passage of the companion signature authority bills. Legislatures expressed that they were overwhelmed and highly impressed with the response they received from the Alabama NPs. NPAA would like to thank all the members who emailed, telephoned, and traveled to Montgomery to advocate for passage of the bills. NPAA is extremely grateful for our healthcare partners and legislatures who played a role in getting the bills passed.

Additionally, a extra special thanks is extended to Senator Jim McClendon and Representative April Weaver for introducing Senate Bill 46 and House Bill 429, respectively, and facilitating passage of these companion bills during this legislative session. Since House Bill 429 made it through the full Senate first, it will be the bill that becomes law. Once that happens, Alabama citizens will have the opportunity for improved access to care," said Robin Lawson, NPAA President.


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