States Take Charge As ACA Threatens To Swamp Primary Care

Law360, New York (April 18, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT) -- With Congress gridlocked and millions of Americans set to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, states are picking up the slack on primary care, hoping to avert a potentially massive shortage of providers with a spate of legislation that would give nurses more authority and offset the costs of training new doctors.

Lawmakers in at least six states are weighing new proposals this year to shore up a primary care workforce that some fear will be overwhelmed by the ACA’s extension of insurance to...
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