December 14, 2016
Great news: this morning the Michigan Senate voted 36-1 to pass HB 5400! (click HERE to see a clip following the vote) The legislation now awaits MI House of Representatives concurrence (they need to accept the vote/action of the Senate) and the signature of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder before taking effect.
HB 5400 was introduced in February of this year by State Representative Ken Yonker to allow nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists to prescribe nonscheduled prescription drugs, physical therapy, speech therapy and order restraints. It was recommended favorably by the MI House Health Policy Committee on September 20, 2016 with a unanimous vote, passed the Michigan House of Representatives on November 29, 2016 with a vote of 102-5 and was also unanimously voted out of the MI Senate Health Policy Committee on December 6, 2016. Click HERE to read the bill in its entirety and review the legislative history. Thank you for all of your efforts to reach out to your legislators!
Please know that we will continue to support legislation that allows APRNs to practice to the fullest extent of their education, training and national certification in order to increase access to health care and reduce health care costs, and we look forward to working with legislators to accomplish this in the near future.