Conn. bill expanding APRN duties moves to governor

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A bill that allows certain advanced practice registered nurses, also known as APRNs, to practice independently is moving to Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's desk.

The House of Representatives on Monday voted 110-35 in favor of the legislation, which already cleared the Senate.

Under the bill, APRNs who have been licensed and practicing with a physician for at least three years can practice independently, without a physician's written agreement. Current law requires APRNs to work in collaboration with a physician.

Malloy said Monday he will sign the bill, saying it will increase access to health care, especially for the thousands of newly insured.

But the Connecticut State Medical Society voiced disappointment with the bill. The physicians criticized it for having little detail about the three-year collaboration, educational requirements or oversight of the APRN practices.

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