HARRISBURG – The PA House advanced legislation that improves the state’s Professional Nursing Law. It’s estimated that over 4 million Pennsylvanians, or nearly 35% of the state’s population, are underserved in receiving adequate primary care. House Bill 100 would create a 6-year pilot program to allow certified registered nurse practitioners to practice without a collaborative agreement in areas of the state that are experiencing a critical shortage of primary care. Participants must meet stringent criteria and would be limited to providing primary care, which includes family practice, internal medicine, gynecology, or pediatrics. The bill would also require a study be completed and delivered to the General Assembly to guide further legislative effort. The bill now goes to the state Senate.