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Nurse practitioners bill vetoed

May 18, 2001

Nurse practitioners bill vetoed



Gov. Parris Glendening vetoed a bill Thursday aimed at boosting nurse practitioners.

The bill, which narrowly passed the Maryland General Assembly, would have allowed nurse practitioners to serve as primary care providers for managed care companies. It was opposed by doctors' groups.

Glendening said he feared managed care companies would coerce patients into seeing nurse practitioners.

"I am troubled by the lack of consensus among the health care professionals and the potential for HMOs to unduly influence the health care consumer. We have had to take many steps to protect people from the HMOs who focus more on economics than health care delivery," Glendening said in a press release.

Nurse Practitioner Georgia Plum of Smithsburg said she was disappointed because the veto represented yet another blow to the nursing profession struggling with a shortage.

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"I really wasn't surprised just for the fact that MedChi (Medical and Chirurgical Facility of Maryland) has a lot more money and power," she said.

- Laura Ernde

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