(Indianapolis, IN), January 27, 2023 — The Hoosiers for Health Care Access Coalition, including leaders from AARP Indiana, Americans for Prosperity, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Indiana Farm Bureau, among others, will join state legislators at the Indiana State House urging immediate action to address the skyrocketing numbers of Hoosiers now living in health care deserts. SB 213 and HB 1330 will increase health access for the 2.4 million Hoosiers without basic primary health care access and remove regulatory roadblocks that restrict patient access to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
Media are invited to attend this press conference to learn how passage of SB 213 and HB1330 would immediately benefit Indiana’s patients, businesses, seniors, and rural communities.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: South Atrium, Main Floor, Indiana State House, 200 W Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
WHO: State Representative Cindy Ledbetter (author of HB 1330); AARP Indiana; AFP Indiana; Indiana Farm Bureau; Indiana Chamber of Commerce; Coalition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and 100 APRNs
WHY: Today, over 2.4 million Hoosiers lack access to basic primary health care services – an increase of over 14% in just the last year. Further, 6.6 million don’t have access to mental health services. The recently released America’s Health Rankings by the United Health Foundation ranked Indiana 36th among states for primary care access, 43rd for mental health access, and 37th for health outcomes. Current state law prevents patients from receiving full and direct access to Indiana’s nearly 9,500 APRNs. SB 213 and HB 1330 is a no-cost, no-delay solution to increase access to health care for Indiana’s patients. It will strengthen care for seniors, improve health outcomes in rural and urban communities, and make Indiana a competitive employer.
MEDIA AVAIL: State Representative Cindy Ledbetter (author of HB 1330); AARP Indiana; AFP Indiana; Indiana Farm Bureau; Indiana Chamber of Commerce; CAPNI
Hoosiers for Health Care Access is a statewide coalition dedicated to expanding patient access to APRNs to meet our state’s growing health care needs. Over 2.4 million Hoosiers lack access to basic primary health care services in their community, and the federal government has designated 134 health care provider shortage areas across the state.
14 Organizations Urge Legislature to Pass HB 1330 and SB 213
INDIANA — The Hoosiers for Health Care Access coalition, including AARP Indiana, Americans for Prosperity, Convenient Care Association, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Farm Bureau, National Grange and others, today called on the Indiana General Assembly to pass HB 1330 and SB 213. This legislation will give Hoosiers full and direct access to the high-quality care provided by advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and a choice of health care provider.
More than 2.4 million Hoosiers across 138 primary care and 102 mental health care health provider shortage areas (HPSAs) — including urban, suburban and rural communities — lack adequate access to care. This legislation will remove regulatory barriers that prevent Indiana’s nearly 8,000 APRNs from practicing to the top of their licensure and training and meeting the urgent demand for care.
“The health of older Hoosiers depends on improving their access and growing the available healthcare workforce who can provide the services they need,” said AARP Indiana Legislative Director Ambre Marr. “APRNs are currently restricted from doing their jobs to the full extent of their training. By breaking down these outdated barriers, APRNs can help provide quality care to patients throughout the state—from small towns to urban hubs. Hoosiers deserve the opportunity to have more choices that will allow them to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible, where they want to be.”
“Indiana’s health care access challenge is particularly hard-hitting for our rural communities,” said Jeff Cummins with the Indiana Farm Bureau. “One of our major priorities is rural viability; a key measure of that is access to healthcare services in rural areas. The Indiana Farm Bureau is calling on the General Assembly to swiftly take action to expand access to APRN-provided care and ensure that rural Hoosiers can access the care they desperately need.”
“Indiana prides itself on being an open market and competitive state,” said Josh Webb with Americans for Prosperity – Indiana. “Yet in our health care system, we arbitrarily restrict the supply of health care providers — driving up the cost of care. Not only does this have a detrimental effect on Hoosiers’ freedom to access the health care provider of their choice, it harms our economy by discouraging new businesses from coming to our state and increasing costs for all of us. We are calling on the General Assembly to correct this, once and for all, by passing this critical legislation.”
About Hoosiers for Health Care Access Hoosiers for Health Care Access is a statewide coalition dedicated to expanding access to APRNs to meet our state’s growing health care needs. Today, over 2.4 million Hoosiers lack access to basic primary health care services in their community. In fact, the federal government has designated 134 health care provider shortage areas across the state.