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Legislative Advocacy

The 2017 Legislative session [the first session of the 56th Oklahoma Legislature], begins February 6, 2017. The AONP legislative team, led by Executive Director, Benny Vanatta, monitors events at the Capitol every day; meeting with legislators and scrutinizing legislation. We fight legislation that would harm NP practice and create and promote bills that advance NP practice in Oklahoma. During the interim, from June through January, we maintain our vigil by working with legislators and staff on interim studies. Due to the short legislative session, interim studies are necessary, in-depth research of important issues that are conducted by committees to aid the legislators in the upcoming session that begins in February.

Click here to view the Legislative Report that details bills we are tracking. Additionally, if you have questions or need information about legislation or the legislative process contact AONP's Executive Director, Benny Vanatta at benny@npofoklahoma.com


HB1013, Full Practice Authority (FPA) legislation

As the 2017 legislative session nears its end, AONP leadership would like to extend thanks to all who helped support our bill for full practice authority, House Bill 1013.

Whether you made calls or sent emails to legislators, spoke on behalf of full practice authority to your neighbors, or joined us at the Capitol for our Legislative Day, all of your efforts were greatly appreciated and certainly made a difference.

It’s true that this legislative session did not turn out the way we had hoped as HB 1013 failed to get a hearing in the Senate, but we consider our progress this year a great success. The bill passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a 72-20, bipartisan vote and we are encouraged by the victory. The success shows how popular the measure was among lawmakers and their constituents. This legislative session dramatically raised the public’s awareness of full practice authority. Along with awareness, public support of full practice authority increased greatly. Although the measure did not become law, huge progress was made.

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Full Practice Authority (FPA) toolkit for NPs

Resources for NPs - Below you will find the FPA toolkit for NPs

What is FPA: An overview

Public speaking guide

FPA powerpoint presentation to use at speaking events

Tips for contacting your Legislator

FPA talking points

FPA Infographic 

Media flier to give patients, who are willing to talk about the benefits of NPs.

For promoting HB1013 to Oklahoma Senators, the list of House members supporting HB1013.


2017 Legislative Day

AONP's Legislative Day at the State Capitol, was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.  We had a fantastic group of NPs who came out and met with legislators to advocate for HB1013, authored by state Rep. Josh Cockroft, R-Wanette.

 


2017 Legislative Nurse of the Day

The Nurse of the Day program (sponsored by the Oklahoma Nurses Association) gives Nurse Practitioners an opportunity to bring advanced practice nursing to the policy makers, and provides an opportunity for NPs to learn more about the legislative process.

During the legislative session, many professional associations are trying to get legislators to take notice of their views. The Nurse of the Day program provides visibility and an opportunity for NP voices to be heard. The 2017 Legislative Session is just around the corner and we want to make sure that nurses are engaged and active in legislation that may affect nurses and nursing practice. If you would like to come to the Oklahoma State Capitol, to serve as the Nurse of the Day, please click here to learn more and/or to sign-up.


AONP Legislative Victories

Click here to read about some of our legislative successes!


Find Your State and Federal Legislative Members

Do you need to contact your state and federal officials, but not sure who they are? Find your legislator here →



Federal/Congressional Alerts and Updates

Check the latest federal/congressional alerts and updates.  View all

 


Victory! VA Rule grants veterans direct access to health care provided by NPs

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs released the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Final Rule. We are happy to report the rule will grant veterans direct access to health care provided by nurse practitioners in the VA. The final rule is scheduled for implementation 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The VA anticipates that the final rule will be published December 14th.

AONP and AANP sent Call to Action notices, asking our members to submit comments to the Federal Register, speak with your members of Congress and write letters to the Secretary of the VA in support of this rule. Your voices mattered and 54,809 messages were sent. Truly, the voice of nurse practitioners was heard loud and clear. We thank you for your ongoing grassroots support of this important issue.

The final rule includes NPs, CNSs, CNMs, but it excludes CRNAs at this time. Work will continue to encourage the VA to implement this policy for all APRNs.



Oklahoma Nurse Practioners Political Action Committee

AONP PAC is the non-partisan Political Action Committee (PAC) that supports, protects and promotes nurse practitioners throughout the Oklahoma legislative process.

Your voluntary, personal contributions to AONP's PAC have had tremendous impact on several key issues affecting nurse practitioners by raising awareness and educating legislators on the importance of nurse practitioners and their role in the future of health care.

All AONP-PAC funding is provided by donations from AONP members and friends.

Keeping AONP strong in Oklahoma takes the financial support of its members. Please consider donating today!

To support AONP's political efforts, you may send a check to:
AONP-PAC
1611 N. Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73103

You may also click here to make a one-time or recurring donation online.


  
 
 
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OKC Dinner Meeting

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AONP Executive Board Meeting

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