[Ok-sus] A bill in this session with significant social justice implications

Stephanie Jeffords buzzardroostranch at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 19:10:35 UTC 2017

good letter!

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:46 PM, Bob Waldrop <bob at bobwaldrop.net> wrote:

> There is a very important bill in this session of the legislature that
> could make a significant contribution to increasing access to affordable
> medical care.  This is a matter of social justice, and equity in access to
> medical care, both of which have major implications for sustainabilityu.
> Further, because it is being sponsored by Republicans, it has a
> significant chance of adoption.
> HB 1013 would allow nurse practitioners to practice independently of
> physicians and would remove a present limitations on the number of nurse
> practitioners in the state.  This would open up a new entry level portal
> into the medical care system.  With independently practicing nurse
> practitioners (NPs), people would have better access to quality healthcare,
> particularly in rural areas where it's difficult to retain physicians.
> Research shows that the clinical outcomes for nurse practitioners is equal
> to those for physicians. Unfortunately, while many more Americans now have
> health coverage, there are not enough physicians available to treat them.
> NPs can fill that gap.
> Below is my letter to my state senator.  I strongly encourage you to take
> a stand in favor of this bill and contact the governor and your state rep
> and senator.  One reason poor people in Oklahoma have such poor access to
> medical care is because the medical system is one structural injustice
> after another.  HB 1013 would make a significant change for the better, and
> thus is also a matter of social justice.
> Bob Waldrop
> Dear Senator Floyd,
> I strongly encourage you to support HB 1013, which would allow nurse
> practitioners to practice within their professional standards independently
> of doctors. The bill would also effectively lift the restriction on the
> number of nurse practitioners allowed in the state, since there is
> presently a limit on how many nurse practitioners a doctor can "supervise".
> The effect of this bill would be to create a new "port of entry" to the
> medical system that would be less expensive for patients, while continuing
> to ensure high standards of treatment. This is critical for a state like
> Oklahoma, where our state's policies on Medicaid effectively leave tens, if
> not hundreds, of thousands of lower income Oklahomans behind with little or
> no medical treatment.
> I am head of an organization that delivers food to about 400 OKC
> households every month, who don't have transportation, and who are in need
> of food assistance. One of the most common other requests we receive, which
> we can rarely help with because we are small organization, is medical
> assistance. There is simply not enough charitable resources available in
> Oklahoma to help all who are in medical need but don't have insurance and
> are low income. Thousands upon thousands of Oklahomans suffer in silence
> from untreated and under-treated medical issues.
> Freeing nurse practitioners from their indenture to doctors isn't a 100%
> solution, but it IS a solution and a solution that IS possible within the
> political context.
> Finally, most nurse practitioners are women, and this would be a step
> towards the further economic empowerment of women, and that is a good
> thing, I hope you would agree.
> Bob Waldrop
> Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House
> 1524 NW 21, OKC OK 73106
> 405-200-8155 <(405)%20200-8155>
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