Federal officials back bill sponsored by Conroy

Theresa Conroy
Theresa Conroy

HARTFORD — On Tuesday, federal officials backed legislation authored by State Representative Theresa Conroy (D-105).

The bill, HB 6391, would remove the requirement that advanced practice registered nurses practice in collaboration with a licensed physician.

In a letter to Conroy, who is an advanced practice registered nurse and serves on the legislature’s Public Health Committee, officials with the Federal Trade Commission cited reports by the Institute of Medicine that advanced practice nurses play a significant role in improving the delivery of health care.

“By eliminating the APRN collaboration requirement, the bill may improve access and consumer choice for primary care services, especially for rural and other underserved populations, and may also encourage beneficial price competition that could help contain health care costs,” the letter states.

The letter is signed by Director of the Office of Policy Planning Andrew Gavil, Director of the Bureau of Competition Richard Feinstein and Director of the Bureau of Economics.Howard Shelanski.