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TNP’s 2017 Legislative Session Recap

During the 85th Legislative Session, TNP made giant strides to improve the practice environment for nurse practitioners in Texas and access to care for Texas patients. Check out our full 2017 Legislative Recap to learn about how this session impacts you, your patients, and your profession. 

Advancing our Agenda: TNP worked with lawmakers to pass two of the six items on TNP’s legislative agenda, including SB 654 (Seliger/Smithee) and SB 919 (Rodriguez/Coleman). SB 654 gives APRNs the ability to see Medicaid/CHIP patients, regardless of the insurance network of their delegation physician. SB 919 allows APRNs to sign death certificates for patients receiving palliative/hospice care.

Coalition Building: Together with the APRN Alliance, we formed the Coalition for Health Care Access - a group of over 20 business, consumer-advocacy, and health care stakeholder groups supporting full practice authority -- and launched the Put Patients First campaign.  Thanks to the Coalition’s efforts, we had a successful public hearing for HB 1415/SB 681 on April 25, with supportive testimony from dozens of organizations.

Protections for Nurses, Telemedicine, and Women’s Health: TNP was a part of several coalitions that advanced key bills for telemedicine, nursing, and women’s health, including SB 1107 that removes the requirement for an initial face-to-face visit with a physician prior to receiving telemedicine.

See our full recap of the 85th Legislative Session below:


Previous Legislative Sessions

85th Regular Session (2017)

84th Regular Session (2015)

83rd Regular Session (2013)

82nd Regular Session (2011)

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