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Congratulations Utah NPs! HB 287 Just Passed the Final Vote!

Posted 7 months ago by Melissa J Hinton

At just a few minutes after 3 pm today (March 5, 2021), the House of Representatives UNANIMOUSLY passed concurrence of House Bill 287, the last vote required for the bill which was sponsored by Representative Doug Welton, newcomer to the legislature. The bill removes the previous requirement for a signed Consultation and Referral (C&R) agreement for schedule II prescriptive authority which has been in place since the beginning of nurse practitioner practice in Utah. In addition, HB 287 also retired the "pain clinic" language that prevented a nurse practitioner from owning their own pain management clinic. Lastly, the restrictions placed on new NP in solo practice required a C&R for their first year OR their first 2,000 hours of practice have been removed and pared down the requirement to a 1,000 hour non-signature "mentorship."

The Utah Nurse Practitioner Association credits Representative Welton and the UNP Legislative Committee, as well as the numberless NPs and supporters that encouraged passage of this legislation. We heartily congratulate the Representative, Dr. Julie Balk and Lee Moss, NP who co-chaired the Legislative Committee, for their diligence, endless hours of preparation and negotiation, and for their professionalism which was noted by the Senate Health & Human Services Comittee. Lobbyist group Foxley & Pignanelli were crucial to helping us navigate and prepare for each vote.

Congratulations to all nurse practitioners in Utah and our future nurse practitioners! This is a historic moment for NPs and Utah is proud of your work. UNP hopes that each of you will continue to elevate your level of practice and that Utah will become distinguished as a friend to NPs, recruiting and retaining practitioners who offer evidence-based practice with compassion to our citizens.


Melissa J Hinton, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CARN-AP

President, Utah Nurse Practitioners, Inc.

HB 287-Nurse Practitioner Bill PASSES final vote!


Ronda Miller-Ernest 5 months ago

Great Job everyone!!

Richard Merrill 5 months ago

Well done!

Ronnie Jay Wing 5 months ago

Fantastic!! Great job!

Wendy Rusin 5 months ago

Way to go Legislative team! Celebrate the WiN!

Noelle Haines 5 months ago

Thanks for all the hard work everyone put in to benefit our patients and our ability to practice!

Whitney Smith 5 months ago

Thank you for your hard work. This is very exciting!

Ronnie Jay Wing 5 months ago

When does this go into effect?

Melissa J Hinton 5 months ago

According to A bill enacted by the Legislature is effective 60 days following adjournment, unless another date is specified in the bill. It then becomes law.

Adriana Martinez 5 months ago

Thank you all for your endless dedication!

Natalie Allen 5 months ago

Thank you for all the effort you put in for Nurse Practitioners. Congratulations!!! It’s a great win.

Bernadette Hyde Taylor 5 months ago

Thank you Julie and Lee, and all the activism of the UNP legislative committee! What wonderful news! Your hard work, diligence and professionalism is to be commended!!!

Sheila Bittle about 12 hours ago

Hats off to the great team who finally "got it done!" It has taken years and baby steps to get to this point! Thanks, to Representative Doug Welton, the UNP Legislative Committee and co-chairs, Dr Julie Balk and Lee Moss. Adding much to this team we thank our lobbyists Foxley and Pignanelli for their expertise in guiding the legislative process. Thanks to many more volunteers who spent endless hours working, writing, negotiating and succeeding in passing HB 287 and getting us back on the MAP!!
Dr Sheila Bittle

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