Saturday, June 05, 2010

Governor Signs Legislation to Improve Access to Home-based Care

Governor Sonny Perdue today (June 4) announced that he has signed House Bill 1040 which will improve access to home-based care.  HB 1040 amends the Nurse Practice Act to allow a designated unlicensed person who is trained by a Registered Nurse to provide a defined set of skilled services to a specific person, as long as those services are ordered by a physician, dentist or podiatrist for a person who is disabled.  The legislation was introduced by State Representative Jimmy Pruett, one of the Governor’s floor leaders.

“This legislation will allow thousands of Georgians to be cared for at home that currently cannot afford home-care by a licensed nurse,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.  “As a result of HB 1040 healthcare will be more affordable and more accessible.  It will allow more disabled Georgians to stay in their homes.”

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