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*Action Needed on HB276* Contact Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee

Posted over 1 year ago by Rebecca Thibodaux

HB 276 by Rep. Johnson - The Global Signature Authority Bill to allow NP's to sign for forms within our scope of practice is tentatively scheduled to be heard in the House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, 5/1/2019.

Please take a moment and email the members of the House Health and Welfare Committee now (we have a list at the end of this email). Tell them YOUR story and how this affects your practice. Email all of them, even if they do not fall in your district.  

If you have a patient that has a story -- have them email the members of the Committee as well.

Also, if you are your patient would like to testify on Wednesday, please contact me ASAP. 

Please CC us on your correspondence. If you have any questions or comments, send them my way!



Contact members of the House Health and Welfare Committee 
Ask them to vote YES to HB 276

& copy on any contacts made so we can track who has been contacted

Talking Point Guidelines

(Please include some of the below talking points but add your personal experiences.):

  1. This bill provides for access to care in a timely and efficient matter. It promotes patient choice and reduces cost for the patient and health system. Especially in rural communities where patients may wait days before a doctor arrives to sign off on paperwork.
  2. It enhances the patient – provider relationship and promotes transparency and accountability.
  3. HB 276 provides efficacy for patients as care delivery and form completion can be addressed in the same visit. There is no delay in care or access to care.
  4. This bill allows for health care providers to treat the patient instead of chasing around signatures for forms. This streamlines the use of the health care workforce by eliminating the need for multiple health care providers to be involved in signing one patient’s care forms.

Examples of areas NP signature authority would impact:

  1. Certification of disability for patients to receive disabled parking placards
  2. Sports physicals for student athletes
  3. Pre-employment and health screening exams
  4. Patient Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment and other end-of-life care documents
  5. Vital statistics documents
  6. Workers’ compensation forms for employees injured on the job
  7. Providing proof that a patient has a health need for emergency utilities


House Health and Welfare Committee Members


City, State, Zip


Phone Number

Frank Hoffman

West Monroe, LA 71291

(318) 362-4130

Dustin Miller

Opelousas, LA 70570


Larry Bagley

Stonewall, LA 71078


Bubba Chaney

Rayville, LA 71269


Katrina Jackson

Monroe, LA 71203-4526


Robert Johnson

Marksville, LA 71351


Bernard LeBas

Ville Platte, LA 70586-0370


Wayne McMahen

Minden, LA 71055


Rogers Pope

Denham Springs, LA 70727


Joseph Stagni

Kenner, LA 70062


Julie Stokes

Kenner, LA 70065


Christopher Turner

Ruston, LA 71270


Kenny Cox

Natchitoches, LA 71457