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Statement from Texas Nurse Practitioners on HEAL Texans Act by Senator Blanco

Austin, Texas – Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) today issued the following statement from TNP President Cindy Weston applauding Senator César Blanco’s HEAL Texans Act (Healthcare Expanded & Accessed Locally), S.B. 1700:

“We applaud the bold, common-sense leadership of Senator Blanco for introducing this important bill to help make healthcare access significantly more available in Texas’ rural and underserved areas. “Removing outdated regulations will allow highly skilled nurse practitioners to step into our state’s healthcare shortage areas and provide much-needed care to more Texans. Twenty-six other states, all branches of the US Military and the VA already allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training and licensing. It’s time Texas did the same.”


Texas Nurse Practitioners is the largest state association of nurse practitioners in the country. TNP advances and supports the role of NPs who provide accessible, quality health care across Texas each and every day. In hospitals and family clinics, and across a broad spectrum of specialties ranging from women’s health to pediatrics and from mental health to family practice, Texas nurse practitioners provide the care Texans depend on. To learn more visit