Around the nation: Former President Jimmy Carter inspires new law

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  • Georgia: Former President Jimmy Carter's fight against stage-four cancer has inspired a new state law. The measure, signed Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal (R), will prevent insurance companies from limiting coverage of drugs that treat Stage 4 cancer patients. Supporters of the law say such patients sometimes cannot obtain coverage for certain treatments unless they try other options first (AP/Washington Times, 5/3).

  • Pennsylvania: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has backed a proposal that would allow nurse practitioners (NPs) to provide care without the direct oversight of a physician. Currently, NPs in the state are required to have a formal agreement with two physicians who oversee them. HAP CEO Andy Carter says, "Allowing full practice authority for [NPs] after meeting the appropriate physician collaboration requirements is a reasonable, responsible approach to helping to meet the growing health care needs for Pennsylvania" (Wenner, Patriot-News, 5/3).

  • South Dakota: According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) report released this week, thousands of state residents with disabilities are placed in nursing homes unnecessarily, which the Supreme Court has ruled constitutes discrimination. DOJ found that the state had not developed community-based services to meet the care needs of individuals who are institutionalized unnecessarily. DOJ also found that many residents who are enrolled in state services are unaware they could receive community-based services instead (Nord, AP/U.S. News & World Report, 5/2; Apuzzo, New York Times, 5/2). 

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