The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, said it “will be the best thing for access to health care, for availability, for cost, for making sure we take care of our citizens here in Kentucky.”
The House passed a bill last year to repeal the doctor-agreement law entirely, but it stalled in the Senate. Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, negotiated a deal with the APRNs and the doctors’ lobby, the Kentucky Medical Association. The bill would allow APRNs who have practiced for four years to prescribe such medicine without any relationship with a doctor. It is now in the House.