The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Health Care Reform
Nurse Practitioners as a Solution
The Affordable Care Act Empowering Nurse Practitioners
- The Graduate Nurse Education (GNE) demonstration.The GNE demonstration awards up to $200 million in funding to five hospital systems from 2012 through 2016 to educate and train greater numbers of NPs. Sites are expected to increase enrollment across 19 schools of nursing during the four-year award period. Funding was just extended through 2017.15
- Increased funding for NPs for the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) programs. These programs provide financial incentives to clinicians who practice in medically underserved areas. To date, the NHSC has provided an additional $1.5 billion in funding, adding 1,900 NPs. An added bonus: 70 percent of recipients chose to extend their contracts.
- Authorized $11 billion for federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and $500 million for nurse-managed health clinics. This allows NPs to treat an additional 94,000 patients. However, this funding has been cut in recent years, with more cuts threatened.