“SB 7 is good for Kentucky’s health!” said Sheila Schuster, a Louisville psychologist who lobbied for the bill. “It will increase access – particularly in under-served areas (map) – to the safe, quality healthcare provided by advanced-practice registered nurses.”
The bill’s passage ended a five-year battle between doctors and APRNs, represented by the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives. The House passed a bill last year to repeal the doctor-agreement law entirely, but it stalled in the Senate. Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, negotiated a deal with the APRNs and the doctors’ lobby, the Kentucky Medical Association. The bill would allow APRNs who have practiced for four years to prescribe such medicine without any relationship with a doctor.