PA 07-219—sHB 5751

Public Health Committee

Appropriations Committee

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM

SUMMARY: This act requires the Department of Social Services (DSS), within available appropriations and in consultation with the Department of Public Health (DPH), to establish a pilot training program for nurse practitioners seeking to specialize in family practice. Under the program, the nurse practitioner receives one year of formal training at a community-based health center in a federally designated health professional shortage area, medically underserved area (MUA), or area with medically underserved populations (MUP).

The DSS commissioner, in consultation with the DPH commissioner, must establish program eligibility requirements. The pilot program must begin by October 1, 2008 and end by October 1, 2010.

DSS must report to the Social Services (PA 07-252, 78 corrects this to the Human Services) and Public Health committees by January 1, 2011 on any increase in access to care at community-based health centers as a result of the pilot program.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Nurse Practitioners

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has completed advanced education (generally a minimum of a master's degree) and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services.

Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), MUA, and MUP

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) develops health workforce shortage designation criteria to help determine whether a geographic area or population group is an HPSA, MUA, or MUP.

HPSAs may have shortages of primary medical care, dental, or mental health providers and may be urban or rural areas, population groups, or medical or other public facilities.

MUAs may be a whole county or group of contiguous counties, a group of county or civil divisions, or a group of urban census tracts where residents have a shortage of personal health services.

MUPs may include a group of people who face economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers to health care.

OLR Tracking: JK: GC: PF: TS