Great news! Assembly Bill 890, passed out of the State Assembly on January 27 by an overwhelming, bipartisan vote (61-1).
Please express your thanks via social media to the bill's author, Assemblymember Jim Wood, and other members of the Assembly who voted in support of this important bill, even in the face of intense opposition from organized medicine. You can use the sample tweet below:
Thank you @JimWoodAD2 and all Assemblymembers who voted in favor of #AB890! I appreciate your commitment to #ClosetheProviderGap for all Californians, especially those in underserved communities. #CALeg @YesonAB890 @CaliforniaNP
CANP led the formation of a coalition of organizations called Close the Provider Gap, which supports Assembly Bill 890. AB 890 would allow California NPs to utilize the extent of their education and training to provide high-quality care to patients without the current physician supervision requirement.
Authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, AB 890 has garnered significant opposition from organized medicine. On May 16, 2019, the Assembly Committee on Appropriations designated AB 890 as a two-year bill, delaying its progress, but maintaining its eligibility to be taken up in the second year of the current two-year legislative session. The measure had previously passed out of the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions by a vote of 16-0 on April 9, 2019.
Following the action by the Appropriations Committee, CANP leaders immediately engaged in analyzing the outcome, and have continued to procure additional support in preparation for the bill's reconsideration in 2020.
On January 23, the Appropriations Committee approved AB 890, sending it forward for a vote by the full Assembly. The Assembly then passed the measure on January 27. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it awaits its first policy committee assignment.