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Wednesday April 23rd 2014



Senate OKs Bills Addressing Medical Provider Gap

SacramentoOver the objection of doctors, the state Senate on Tuesday passed two of three health reform-related bills intended to address California’s medical provider gap. Lawmakers passed SB491 which will expand the role of nurse practitioners. The 21-12 vote was the bare majority needed for the bill to move to the Assembly. They also passed SB492, which is intended to expand medical services provided by optometrists. The bill, which passed 25-5, would allow optometrists to check for high blood pressure, cholesterol and even administer specific immunizations. The third bill, SB493, would expand services provided by pharmacists, such as ordering laboratory tests to detect diabetes. It is expected to be voted on later this week according to a recent report in the Sacramento Bee.